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Barton parade features fire truck with family history

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BARTON, Vt. -

Jason Sicard's new prized possession is a 1947 American LaFrance fire truck.

"It has a lot of history with the town and the village," Jason explained.

It won't battle blazes or protect property anymore, but it will help preserve memories.

"I remember riding on the truck during Fourth of July as a kid," Jason said.

It was the Barton Village Fire Department's first brand new truck nearly 70 years ago.

Jason comes from a long line of firefighters. His great-grandfather, grandfather and his father, Paul, were all part of Barton's bravest. Paul still serves.

"I think we all look forward to being able to help our neighbors, our friends, our families," Paul said. "That's what we do. The fire department is the primary response in a time of need."

You might be wondering how a 1947 fire truck stayed this sharp for nearly seven decades. Well, it didn't. It was headed to the scrap pile. That's until Jason found it, bought it and got Charlie Rockwell and his team at Cranks Auto & Salvage to restore it to its original glory.

"It shines," Jason said. "I think it shines brighter than it did when I was a kid."

"The chroming, the upholstery, the 1947 LaFrance, it's not like you can go to your local store and get parts for it either. You have to make everything that's there," Charlie Rockwell said. "It's a huge project to be back on the road in six months."

Work began this winter and it was a lot of work. The goal-- to get it ready for Barton's Fourth of July parade.

"You've got to save history," Jason said. "You gotta do it. Whether it's an old barn, house or antique car or truck, you gotta save some history."

"I learned a lot about this truck from my father," Paul said. "It's great to pass that knowledge on to Jason."

Jason's dad will take the wheel during parade, driving the fire truck his dad used to drive.

"Hopefully, my grandfather is riding along side of him," Jason said.

"I'm feeling great, first of all, 'cause it's in the family," Paul said.

And it did not disappoint the Sicards or the crowd who lined the streets in Barton.

The bright, red fire truck turned heads during the short parade route through town. A dream come true for Jason Sicard-- a bit of his family's past comes back to life.

"It just a neat thing to know that each of us touched that truck and to see it still roll down the road," he said.

You can expect to see the fire truck in other parades and on display in Howard Conley Floral Hall during the Orleans County Fair this August.

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