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Freedom Township Fire Co. Brings Home a Piece of Its Past


Rick Boston

This 1959 fire engine has returned to Freedom Township nearly 40 years after being sold. Volunteers hope to restore the engine for use in parades and special events.

A piece of Freedom Township history has returned home after nearly 40 years, and members of the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company are excited to see their old friend.

The 1959 International cabover engine truck that served the borough from 1962 until the early 1980s when age and space limitations forced the company to sell it is back where it belongs.

"I hated to see it go back then," said Ed Bender, Freedom Township supervisor and longtime volunteer firefighter. "That thing was almost perfect when we sold it."

The engine was sold by sealed bid to Bill Gildea, of Duncansville, who use...

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