October of 1994, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department
went to Hawthorne, New York to pick up their old pumper,
which had been sitting in the woods for ten years.
Engine 8750 was originally purchased in the winter of
1948 as the first new piece of equipment for Company #5,
which was organized just three years earlier. This Class
"A" Pumper was bought to serve the south-side
of the district, which after World War II was expanding
southward toward New Hyde Park. The Engine served Company
#5 until 1963 when a 1500GPM Young Pumper on a Ford Chassis
replaced it. Instead of being placed into retirement,
the engine was sent over to Company #4 where it was used
as their second due engine until 1968, when it was replaced
by a 1500GPM Hahn Pumper.
In that year it was sold to Floral Park Center, where
it was in service until the early 1980's. When they put
it out of service, it was purchased by Deputy Chief Joe
Geiman from Company #5 and used for his personal use.
When a home and monies were unavailable for the restoration
it needed, Joe sold it to Firefighter Charles Ledig. When
Charlie retired he took the Engine with him upstate.
The Engine was parked in Charlie's backyard where it
sat until the fall of 1994 when Mrs. Ledig called down
to inform us she wanted to get rid of it, asking if we
would like it before she called a junk yard. So our journey
began with the help of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company.
With their cooperation and the use of their tractor-trailer,
we headed north to pull old Engine 8750 out of the woods
and trailer her home to Manhasset.
Upon arrival back in our district, we unloaded and parked
the Engine in the rear of Company #4's firehouse. The
Engine was made to run and be driven to our main plant
where the Fire Commissioners gave us a garage to work
Like any restoration, pictures were taken for reference
and the long process began. With the exception of refinishing
the chrome and rebuilding the alternator, all the work
was done in house. With a half a dozen members the job
was slowly completed although we always found something
else to do.
From October 1994 until the present, extensive restoration
work has been performed. We now are still working on the
Engine and are continually cleaning it, and keeping it
in prime condition for all the shows which our committee
We hope you like what work we have done with
this antique, and hope to see you at the next show!