ABBOTT, Texas (WOOD) - Ada firefighters have reached their destination and have delivered their gift to a small Texas town devastated by tragedy.
A fire department in Abbott, Texas, lost two of its 11 firefighters and its main fire engine in an April fertilizer plant explosion and blaze.
The Ada Township Fire Department retired its 20-year-old engine. Since it is still in good shape, the department decided to donate it to the Abbott Fire Department instead of selling it.
Some of the firefighters left Wednesday morning to drive the truck to Texas. On Saturday, the group made it to Abbott, TX. The truck was escorted to the firehouse and Ada firefighters were already showing the Abbott firefighters how to use their new truck.
The money for the trip was raised by selling T-shirts . Even the firefighters spearheading the effort didn't expect the outpouring of support they received not only from Ada, but also from around the world.
They started with just 50 shirts. But the effort took off, and they sold nearly 1,500 to people in 14 states and servicemen overseas in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.
Other fire departments heard about the mission and came forward to buy T-shirts for their staff and donate money to the cause. A West Michigan graphics company updated the graphics on the truck to read "Abbott Fire Department."
While in Abbott, TX, there will be a dedication and blessing of the truck, a community event, and a Texas barbeque.
The firefighters documented the whole journey on their Facebook page .
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