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Waverly Fire Department brings home history with 100-year-old truck

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WAVERLY, Iowa (KWWL)--- The Waverly Fire Department has a new home for a truck previously used in the department 100 years ago.

The American LaFrance was the first "new" truck used by Waverly Fire in 1921.

After the truck retired service it was sold to Redfield, Iowa, who then later sold it to Dale Miracle. After that, it stayed with a family in Indianola for sixty years.

After three years of negotiations the century-old vehicle finally wheeled its way back home to the Waverly Fire Department.

Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Miller says it's about doing what you can to bring history home.

"Anytime you can get your history back, you only get one shot at that," Miller said. "There's always another house or another car, but in this case, there isn't another truck. This is documented that this is our first piece of equipment."

Miller feels this piece of history gives to the community as well as the fire department's families, as many of them have been involved for generations.

"It's not just in the equipment you see that tradition, it's also in our personal lives," he said.

Waverly Fire Department Training Officer Jim Mckenzie, has 182 years of combined service between all the generations of his family.

"It shows a rich dedication and history of the Waverly Fire department," Mckenzie said.

Miller hopes to restore the truck as soon as possible so it can "serve Waverly once again," whether that be for parades, funerals or weddings.

The public can see the truck at Waverly's Fire Museum. It's alongside two other important trucks from the department's history.

Emma'le Maas

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