SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Several Queens firefighters say Sleepy Hollow's big yellow fire truck was a welcome sight after Hurricane Sandy.
“It came at the exact time that we needed it,” Broad Channel Fire Chief Dan McIntyre said.
The familiar yellow fire truck sat outside the Village Hall on Tuesday night as members of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department visited Sleepy Hollow. Firefighters were showing off the truck to the village that gave it away.
Broad Channel firefighters thanked the village during Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting, joking that if the village wanted to trade, they'd take the new truck downstairs that replaced their yellow truck.
Sleepy Hollow officials decided to give the fire truck away instead of selling it because the Queens fire department and surrounding community were devastated by the storm. Sleepy Hollow firefighters loaded the truck up with supplies and drove it down to the Broad Channel fire station in November.
“We would have liked you to be in a position where you didn't need it,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray told the firefighters. “Unfortunately so much of the East Coast was just completely hammered by Sandy and we felt that it was this once in a lifetime opportunity for us to do something great for somebody else.”