A Vietnam-era ambulance donated to the Portage American Legion Post 496 in Kent has been restored to its former glory courtesy of efforts from Maplewood Career Center students in Ravenna.
"It's just great," said Commander John Wilson. "All our members are excited about it."
In 2009, the ambulance, which was never used overseas, was donated to the Legion in memory of Vietnam veteran Harley Englehart.
Legion members began to restore the vehicle so it could be used in parades and other community functions, Wilson said, but a significant amount of body work on the ambulance that needed finished was completed by Ed Anders' students in Maplewood's Auto Collision Repair program.
Wilson said the students have been working on the ambulance since December 2012. It was returned Monday.
The vehicle will now be permanently on display outside the Kent Legion at 1945 Mogadore Road and will make occasional appearances at community events.
Wilson said he hopes to debut the vehicle in Kent's Memorial Day parade.
"The students really did a wonderful job," Wilson said. "It's great to see it back."
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