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Greer Fire Department restores 70-year-old truck

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Greer Fire Dept.'s restored truck. (Oct. 15, 2013/FOX Carolina) Greer Fire Dept.'s restored truck. (Oct. 15, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Between fighting fires and saving lives, the crew at the Greer Fire Department has been working to restore a fire truck that was added to it's fleet in 1941 in time for the station's 100th Anniversary celebration.

The Chevy Southern was bought by the city brand new and stayed in its fleet until the 1970's when it was retired then given to Greer businessman B.A. Bennett, who gave it to his grandson Allen Cullum.

For years it was used in parades, until Cullum offered to give the truck back to the city in October 2011.

Since then, the city has raised $11,000 to restore the truck so it can be used in parades and educational programs for Greer's youth and even current firefighters who say they can't imagine what it would be like to use such older technology.

Now, Chief Chris Harvey says it is complete and is ready to be shown to the public.

"We are so excited with how it looks right now," Harvey said. "It turned out to be better than we ever thought it could, and it will be great to show people how fires used to be fought here in Greer."

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