An authentic 1923 fire engine is still in the possession of the Sycamore Fire Department; it was one of its earliest motorized units, and an effort has been ongoing for several years to make it functional again. Volunteers had the unit on display during Sunday’s car show, and are taking donations and selling T-shirts in an effort to get the funds needed to restore it.
Retired fire chief Gene Ege says another upcoming vehicle show may provide a source for assistance; the annual Threshing Bee in August will have a number of people experienced with restoring engines from vehicles this old, and the restoration committee will be looking for help. So far, over $10,000 of the $25,000 goal has been raised.
Once it’s restored, the engine would be available for use in parades and other promotional events; but Ege says they’re not planning on restoring the water pumping equipment.
Anyone looking to help out can make a donation through the DeKalb County Community Foundation.