I’m not sure that any of us knew where this “Big John” project would take us when we started but it has quickly become far more than a restoration of an old fire truck. In addition to being a tribute to Chief John Winn, a good man and a good friend, it has provided us with a place to make new friends, renew old friendships, and develop working relationships and support among many other departments.
The list is growing longer each day with names of those of you who are working hard to bring this project to a completion for its debut in Myrtle Beach. But even beyond all of that, it has proven to me that if we have faith, we can make things happen. There have been numerous times during this work that it looked like we had met our match but each time we have overcome those problems and have continued to move forward. We have a ways to go but we are on schedule to date.
It is now back home at the Old Fort Fire Department Headquarters (my neighbors are happy) where the wrap shop will begin their work tomorrow. If all goes well this week, we will be reassembling it, lights, sirens, air horns, grab handles and those famous Mack Bulldog emblems by next weekend. Check out the recent photos in our “Beginning of a New Journey” album on our Facebook page and stay tuned for more updates soon!