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Refurbished Kent fire truck displayed

Published: December 20, 2013 4:00 AM
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LaMancusa Auto Body in Kent provided a new paint job on the Kent Fire Department's 1938 American LaFrance fire engine. From left, Rich Bernadine, Dennis Long and Marty LaMancusa of LaMancusa Auto Body show off some of their handiwork at Kent Fire Station No. 1 where the truck is stored. LaMancusa was among several groups that have helped restore the 75-year-old vehicle to a new, radiant condition. Kent Firefighters Association Local 721 acquired the truck from an antique collector at least four years ago and brought it home to the Kent Fire Department. Since then, firefighters, including Todd Gavriloff, who has been overseeing the truck's restoration, have donated their time and efforts to restoring the artifact. Local 721 has contributed thousands itself to get the vehicle running, while the Kent Historical Society secured a $6,000 grant for the efforts. The paint job alone was estimated around $12,000. Other local business, such as Klaben Ford and Quick Service Welding and Machine have donated some work to the cause as well. The truck was restored so it can be used in notable city events like parades and ceremonies.


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