1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine Returns Home to Haverford Township – Delco Times

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP – A nearly 100-year-old fire engine has made the long journey back to where it started in 1925 and will be on display this Saturday, September 10 at Kelly Music for Life’s Haverford First Fest Music Festival, celebrating first responders, at 50 E. Eagle Rd., Havertown. For more information about the event, visit https://bit.ly/3x0h2nS/

Oakmont Fire Company located one of its original trucks and arranged for it to be returned to Havertown to be cleaned and restored. The 1925 American LaFrance fire truck still bears the name “Oakmont Fire Co. No. 1” and features the original bell and gold leaf trim along with other original features.

Oakmont Fire sold the truck in the 1950s to a private collector in New Jersey. Since then, it changed hands to another collector until Oakmont tracked it down in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, outside of Kansas City, and brought it home to Havertown in July.

According to members of Oakmont Fire Company, “This fire truck is part of our history. Not just Oakmont Fire Company, but the entire Haverford Township. Surprisingly, the truck actually works, but among other things needs to fix the gas tank before it’s roadworthy. It will take time and money to clean and restore it. We hope the community will embrace this piece of history.

It is unlikely that the historic fire truck will be called again in an emergency. The fundraising effort aims to help preserve a piece of history in Haverford Township. Getting the old Oakmont Fire Co. No. 1 presentable and ready for the parade will take a big fundraising effort.

Event organizer Tom Kelly added, “Oakmont Fire Company was the first fire department in Haverford Township. This fire truck was one of the first trucks in the Oakmont Fire family tree. This Saturday, he will make his first run on the roads of Havertown since his return. Kelly Music is honored to welcome her home for her first public appearance at the Haverford First Fest Music Festival, as we celebrate our first responders.

At 9:45 a.m. this Saturday, September 10, members of the Oakmont Fire Company plan to drive the truck from the fire station to 23 W. Benedict Ave. to the festival site at 50 E. Eagle Rd., a maiden voyage of approximately 3/10 of a mile. The old fire truck will be on display throughout the day alongside one of Oakmont Fire Company’s newer trucks. The public is invited to view and photograph the classic fire truck.

To help with the restoration effort, the volunteer Oakmont Fire Company is accepting donations. Checks can be made out to Oakmont Fire Company Truck Restoration, 23 W. Benedict Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083

For more information about the truck and the fundraising effort, call the Oakmont Fire Station at 610-446-9837 and leave a message to have the call forwarded or visit https://www. oakmontfire.org/. For more information on Saturday’s Kelly Music First Fest, with music, food and vendors, indoors and outdoors, all day, visit https://kellycenter.org/Kelly Center for Music, Arts and Community is at 4 E. Eagle Rd., Haverville.

Tickets are on sale for the Abruzzese Delco fundraiser

The Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco will hold its 15th annual fundraiser to benefit the Don Guanella and Divine Providence communities and the Italian Language Scholarship Fund, from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 at the of Phoenix Ballroom, 1661 Mill Rd., Upper Chichester. Cost is $35 for adults; $10 for children 7 to 13 years old; and free for children under seven. The ticket price includes a buffet dinner, desserts, coffee, wine, beer and music by Vito Lombardo of Brooklyn, New York.

Tickets are limited and always sell out quickly. Everyone must pay in advance, as there will be no appointments. The deadline for ticket sales is Thursday, September 15. For tickets, call Nick Rapagnani at 610-212-9888, Rose Patton at 610-505-4599 or Maria DiMattia at 610-405-3864. Donations of raffle baskets and basket items are also needed.

Sundae night benefits local family with medical bills

Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, will be hosting a Make-Your-Own Sundae fundraiser to benefit the Ed Saber family from 5:30-8 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. Adults are $5; children 3-17, $4; and children under 3, $2.

In June, Saber suffered a debilitating stroke. The fundraiser will help his family of ten meet growing expenses. For more information, visit http://www.NorwoodUMC.org/.

Hero Thrill Show benefits the college education of children of local police and firefighters killed in the line of duty

The 67th Annual Hero Thrill Show will run from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

Attendees can enjoy cool performances on hot wheels at the Hero Thrill Fall Fundraiser with displays of crime-fighting gear by the Air Force Unit, Bomb Squad, Unit crime scene investigation, police mounted unit, marine unit, firearms instructors, SWAT and US Homeland Security as well as daredevil performances by the drill team world famous highway police motorbike patrol, K-9 police unit and bike strike force. The Philadelphia Fire Department will display firefighting equipment and perform safety drills, operations and high-risk rescue procedures.

Families can enjoy legendary WOGL radio personality Bob Pantano’s “The Sound of Philly” dance music, games of chance, fire truck rides, sit in the seat of a helicopter, up close to a 29-foot US Coast Guard lifeboat, gifts, boardwalk food, sports team mascots, cheerleaders – all in a carnival-style setting.

The co-grand marshal for the 2022 event is Andy Chen. Philadelphia Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team Officer Chan, a dedicated 24-year veteran of the force, was seriously injured and crippled in a crash with a car while on his way to work on his motorcycle in northeast Philadelphia in January 2019.

The Hero Thrill Show is the only organization that pays school fees for children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The Hero Thrill Show is not affiliated with the Hero Scholarship Fund.

A free parking is available. Tickets are $15 each and $35 for families up to 5 members. They’re available onsite Sept. 10 at the front doors, or in advance at Philadelphia police and fire stations and on eventbrite.com. For more information, visit http://herothrillshow.org.

Friday Night Coffee features Zac Chap

The New Avenue Foundation and Tree of Life Church will feature Zac Chap at Our Community Cup Coffeehouse, a coffeehouse for people of all abilities, from 6-8:15 p.m. on Friday, September 9 at Tree of Life Church, 933 Baltimore Pike, Springfield. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for crafts and music will begin at 7 p.m.

Zac Chap is a songwriter/performer from the Philadelphia area, boasting a Great American Songbook page that is Dylan, Dead, Havens and The Band. At 23, Chap has already released music on all major streaming services, multiple singles and his debut EP, Wingless. He has performed at venues such as World Café Live, Boxcar Brewery and Red Iron Pub. In 2020, he helped co-found the Delco Quarantine Open Mic (DQOM), which has over 15,000 members, and supports local artists and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. DQOM has been featured in various media including 6ABC News. Additionally, Zac is an active member of the local community, dedicating much of his time to fundraising for important causes such as the Elephants for Autism online music festival and the Concert for Crystal. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/therealZacChap//.

On Friday, September 16, the cafe will feature fall bingo, as well as musical guest Lettuce Pray. For more information about Our Community Cup Coffeehouse and how to enter, contact Jim Wurster at jim@newfdn.org or 610-246-8939 or Kate McShane at 610-731-5931.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com/.

Zac Chap will be the featured performer Friday night, Sept. 9 at Our Community Cup cafe at Tree of Life Church in Springfield. Everyone, of all abilities, is welcome to enjoy an evening of music, snacks and fellowship. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

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