1948 AHRENS FOX FIRE ENGINE "Chief Joe J. Stone Engine 3" is home!
"Chief Joe J. Stone Engine 3", our 1948 Ahrens Fox fire engine, was returned to the Sachse Historical Society Museum on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Sherwin Williams donated paint and primer; S & C Body Shop painted, and Chubb's Towing brought "Chief" home.
The official unveiling for "Chief" was after the Annual Meeting of the Sachse Historical Society, on March 21, 2010. Future restoration will follow as funds are raised. To help contact the Fire Engine committee.
History of the "Chief"
In 1948, the Ahrens Fox Fire Engine Company of Cincinnati, Ohio built the fire truck “pumper” that is on display at the Sachse Historical Society Museum. This pumper was purchased new by the City of Dallas and used by the Dallas Fire Department for 23 years, before being retired and sent for sale at auction in 1971.
The Sachse Volunteer Fire Department had made several unsuccessful bids on other fire trucks at auction. Knowing the 1948 Ahrens Fox pumper was coming up for auction, Sachse Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Stone went before the Sachse City Council and requested $2,300.33 to put a bid in of $3,333.33 on the truck. This bid was awarded. however to everyone’s chagrin, the next closest bid was only $300.00!
In February 2008 the Sachse City Council presented the truck to the Sachse Historical Society, and on February 10, 2008, the old pumper was moved to the Sachse Historical Society Museum. On June 27, 2009, the fire engine was christened the Chief Joe J. Stone Engine 3 in honor of Joe’s service to the Sachse Volunteer Fire Department from 1963 to 1987.
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