Island’s #2 Fire Truck has new Fireman owner

Historic fire truck #2 from Beaver Island, MI.

The historic #2 is in beautiful condition.

By Steve West

“The old truck # 2 served Beaver Island well and I’m pleased it is now owned by a fireman who will take good care of it,” said Tim McDonough, Beaver Island’s Fire Chief. 

 The restored vintage fire truck recently sold at an estate auction in Plainwell Michigan for $15,500, despite the fact that the keys were temporally misplaced and it could not be started.
 
   McDonough’s father Bud was Fire Chief back in the late 50’s and early 60’s when the 1947 model truck was purchased from the fire department in Dorr Michigan. The # 2 truck was sold by bid locally, along with another less attractive model, in about 1985, according to Chief McDonough. It was resold off the Island, restored and finally ended up in the hands of a Veterinarian and collector in Plainwell.
 
For the complete story about this piece of Island history, see the Nov. issue of NorthernIslander.

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