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Centralia Fire Chief praises local company who repaired fire truck at no cost

Centralia Fire Chief praises local company who repaired fire truck at no cost

Centralia Fire Chief John Lynch before city council Monday night.

Centralia Fire Chief John Lynch went to a local company in hopes to avoid having to haul their snorkel truck out of town for repairs but ended up having the work done at no cost.

Lynch told the city council Monday night the work required a crane to lift off part of the truck. As a result of a pre-fire visit, he knew American Equipment and Machine had the equipment to do the work.

The company agreed to complete the work and correct an additional problem with the help of its suppliers. When Lynch went to pick up the retired vehicle he was surprised there was no bill and the company had done the work free of charge and wished him a Merry Christmas.

Lynch said if they would have had to take the truck to Indiana to be repaired it would have been out of service for much longer and the city was looking at a big repair bill.

Mayor Herb Williams praised the company’s actions.

“There they showed the cooperation that we continually need between our area cities, companies and businesses.  And we can continue to do that as togetherness.  And that’s what we need here in our local communities.  Togetherness from Wamac, Central City, Sandoval to other places around.  We appreciate them.”

The council agreed they wanted to do something more and will invite American Equipment and Machine to the next city council meeting to receive a proclamation for their assistance to the fire department.