Houston mayor drives home with fire truck

Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010

HOUSTON - After a 14-day, 5,000-mile trip, a fire rescue truck has arrived at Houston.

The city bought the truck for $40,000 from a fire department near Charlottesville, Va.

KTUU reports Mayor Roger Purcell and his wife flew east and drove the 26-foot-long truck back to Alaska.

Purcell says the truck handled well with no problems. It replaces a 27-year-old fire truck in the town about 25 miles north of Anchorage.

Purcell and his wife volunteered because both have commercial driver's licenses and passports. None of Houston's firefighters had passports.

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