Need help with finding the history of our 1932 REO Speedwagon pumper
The members of the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department (Fayette, Ohio) have had the 1932 REO Speedwagon pumper for as long as all of the members have been alive!! With our blood, sweat, time, and money we have maintained this gem for years. It has been refurbished and the motor is all rebuilt. We currently use it in parades, funerals, weddings, fire department conventions, REO conventions, car & truck shows. It has been winning awards in the past 4 years at shows and at the SAMFAA convention down in Reynoldsburg Ohio. It is slated to compete in the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Firefighter Association 2009 Antique Fire Muster held in Napoleon Ohio. We just learned last night from the local newspaper that our village council is considering selling the REO because it is costing them $353.00 a year to carry the liability insurance. We as members were outraged and highly disappointed in our village council for not coming to us before even considering such a drastic move.
We need to know if there is anyone in this forum that is a past member of our department or maybe related to anyone that was a member at any time. If you know any of the history behind our REO we will need that too.
At this point we are planning to go to our governing body (township trustees) and find out what they have done to prevent this sale. We have been informed that a few of the trustees were approached about the need for the REO and they gave the thumbs up for the sale.
We may have a huge fight on our hands and we are going to do anything we can to keep this truck in our fleet!! We have discussed hiring a lawyer and contacting the media including the news stations in Toledo Ohio to get the word out about this situation.
Anyone with any history or advice on how to handle this situation please please please contact me asap.