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Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Westport Teen Buys Fire Engine for $1

Westport Teen Buys Fire Engine for $1 For most kids who like playing with toy fire engines, the notion of having a real one some day is just a dream. But not for Dominic Luciano. Today the 18-year-old Westporters dream became a reality. ғI still cant believe it,Ҕ Luciano told WestportNow after the Board of Selectmen approved the sale of the departments 1977 American LaFrance pumper to him for the nominal sum of $1. ғEveryone said it would never happen. I am very grateful.” On the recommendation of Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, the board agreed to sell the engine to Luciano instead of to the only other bidder who had offered $1,253.
The Westport Fire Department’s 1977 American LaFrance pumper sits outside the department today awaiting its new teenage owner. WestportNow.com photo
A 2003 Staples grad, Luciano has volunteered 3,500 hours to the department as an apprentice mechanic. McCarthy estimated the value of his work at about $28,000, calculated at a conservative $8 an hour. He had offered $100 for the engine, but John Izzo, third selectman, suggested the town merely give it to him in recognition of his service to the community. Told that was not possible, the board decided to sell it to him for $1. After the meeting, I went to (purchasing director) Dick Kilbride, did all the paperwork and gave him the dollar,Ӕ Luciano said. And now itӒs mine. Luciano, who took many of his high school courses at a Trumbull vocational school under arrangement with Staples, said he has worked on the pumper for more than a year since it was taken out of service. ԓI plan to restore it to use in parades and stuff, he said. ԓIt will help preserve department history. Luciano said the pumper was especially significant because it is one of the last ones to look like a fire engine. ԓIts got ladders and suction hoses on the side and an open cab,Ҕ he said. The ones today look more like utility trucks.Ӕ Luciano said he plans to keep the engine in the maintenance yard of his fathers refuse collection business in Westport.

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