SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow decided the best way to get rid of a spare fire truck was to donate it to a Queens fire department that had been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
A new fire truck was delivered to Sleepy Hollow firefighters in late October, and officials decided to give the old 1991 pumper to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department in Jamaica Bay, Queens. Firefighters delivered the new truck Saturday.
The 107-year-old Queens firehouse was flooded with more than eight feet of water during Hurricane Sandy. Their new truck will be used to pump water during fires and can carry 10 people.
Sleepy Hollow residents also collected relief items such as sleeping bags, canned food, coats, school supplies and cleaning supplies for the Queens community. Firefighters packed the donated goods into the new truck before driving down.
This isn't the first time Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown firefighters have helped in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Firefighters went to Long Island shortly after the hurricane hit, working in Nassau County for the Woodmere Fire District to relieve emergency responders who had been working through the storm.