Members of the Great River, NY Fire Department spent more than 300 hours turning one of their engines into a replica of the 1989 Hess toy truck owned by Second Assistant Fire Chief Paul Lobell, 26 for their annual Santa Runs scheduled for December 21 and 22 this year.
According Lobell, 26, he and others in the company transformed added vinyl decals with the Hess logo and “authentic-looking pistons and aluminum panels that they cut and painted” to their white 1988 fire truck. They also changed some of its lights and added a red ladder on top.
“We’re all kids at heart, deep down, and it was a pretty cool feeling once it all came together,” he stated.
The truck, which is a “fully-functional apparatus,” made its official debut during the town’s holiday parade on December 1st, and will be used to distribute candy canes and presents to local kids next week.
“It has been such a big hit, the community might enjoy seeing it every year, so we might just keep it,” added Great River Fire Chief James DiGiovanna.