Preston McKee, owner of Morris-Baker and secretary of the Rotary Club, wanted the donation to honor both the late Carson Baker and the Johnson City Fire Department. Carson Baker was Preston’s grandfather and former owner of Morris-Baker. Carson had a lifelong interest in firefighting and counted many of Johnson City’s firefighters among his closest friends. He was an honorary fireman and an unofficial historian for the Johnson City Fire Department.
“We look forward to seeing the Seagrave out in the community,” McKee said in a news release. Thank you to all of those whose hard work and dedication are making the Seagrave’s restoration a reality.”
The 1928 Seagrave ladder truck was one of the city’s first gas powered fire trucks. It was repurposed for parades in the 1970s, and until recently, it had been sitting in a city-owned lot, but is now sitting inside a fire station again.
Johnson City Firefighters Association Local 1791 is working with the fire department to raise funds to cover the costs of repair and general reconditioning. The restored truck will be used for public education, parade details and other special events. The goal is to have the Seagrave parade ready for the city of Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Celebration this year.