Newark Valley, NY (WBNG-Binghamton) People from all over the Southern Tier visited Newark Valley to witness the 100th birthday of one of the oldest fire trucks in the U.S.
Fire departments from the area and beyond showcased their trucks as well.
Firefighters said seeing so many families come out to an event like this really hits home to how much they are appreciated.
"The two most important things in a small community are their sports teams and their fire departments. And we try to do things through the community to show that we are out there for them," said Ken Schneider, Firefighter.
Action News joined the celebration to learn more about the history of the fire truck and where it all began.
The truck was created in Detroit, then used in service in Oxford and Norwich before finally arriving to its home in Newark Valley. But, a whole lot of travel means a whole lot of repairs.
"I think it says a lot about all the firemen over the last 50 to 60 years that have been here working on it, and repairing it, and being proud to use it in parades so many times. I think it says a lot about the dedication of the many who appreciated having it," said Marty Schneider, Newark Valley Resident.
A final fireman's salute was sounded to pay respect to those who have, are and will serve as a firefighters.