Veterans Legacy receives new fire engine

The new-to-them truck will be used as the foundation of their firefighting program.

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 4:49 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2019 2:54 PM

VENETA, Ore. -- Veterans Legacy at Camp Alma dedicated a new-to-them fire truck from Harrisburg Fire & Rescue Saturday.

The truck will be used as the foundation of their firefighting program.

Veterans Legacy is a non profit dedicated to the rehabilitation and healing of veterans in need. 

The organization has a firefighting program which teaches veterans how to mitigate fires.

This truck will now give them further access and resource to be able to respond to fires in rural areas near the camp.

Camp Alma is in a "no fire" zone meaning that calls for service will not be responded to at the same speed they would be in a more populated area. 

John LeBow is the president of the board of directors at Veterans Legacy and he says that this is about so much more than just teaching a vocational skill.

"I think the main thing that is accomplished automatically is that at some level... they're working as a team together," said LeBow.

This truck has a story nearly as great as the men and women who will soon be operating it. It began it's journey in Springfield where it was used by their fire department for 20 years, then it made its way to Harrisburg Fire District for another 20 and now she rests at camp Alma.

But that nap won't last very long. The truck is fully operational and will be used in full capacity to help fight fires in the rural areas not easily accessed by metro fire departments.

Bob Bronson is on the board of directors for Harrisburg Fire and a veteran himself.

He was a soldier in the Vietnam war, and he says when he got back from the war, he went straight to work on a farm - there was no period of rest or healing.

Now he says he feels honored to be able to contribute to a legacy that offers veterans just that.

"Myself as a Vietnam veteran and the work they're doing. I feel very fortunate that we can work toward allowing their mission here," he said. "Myself I have kind of a bias toward being able to help out other veterans because I've been very fortunate to be able to make a difference in our community"

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