February 26, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 9

Long Run Fire Department Gets A New (Used) Truck

A replacement has been found for a 46 -year-old truck at the Long Run Fire Department in Ophein.

Bonnie Davidson / The Courier
Dan Carney stands next to Bob "Sparky" Hanson, who is accepting the keys of a donated truck from Norm Sillerud at Hi-Line Ford in Glasgow. The 2008 Ford truck will replace a 1968 Ford truck at the Opheim Long Run fire station.

The old 1968 Ford in Opheim will remain with the department, but a newer and better truck will see much more use.

Norm Sillerud, owner of Hi-Line Ford, gave a 2008 Ford truck and a flatbed to the department. He explained that the specialty truck's unique features made it a great fit for the fire department.

"They always need equipment, and I decided to donate," Sillerud said. "If there's a fire out here, that's who comes. They're my savior when that happens."

Sillerud added that he's seen a few fires, and the Long Run firefighters arrived fairly quick. He said he tries to help support the fire departments when they have fundraisers as well.

Long Run Fire Chief Bob "Sparky" Hanson showed up at Hi-Line Ford to accept the keys on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The F-550 crew truck with a long bed has around 80,000 miles on it.

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