Juneau firefighters donate engine

Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2001

Capital City Fire & Rescue has donated a fire truck to Delta Junction to replace an engine lost in a March 7 accident.

The donated truck left for Delta on a state ferry on Friday, and will be picked up in Haines and hauled north, said Capt. Jerry Godkin of Capital City Fire & Rescue.

"We had a 1980 fire truck we took out of service, but it was still in good shape," Godkin said. "We offered it to Southeast communities for free, but nobody took us up on the offer. So we asked the city if we could donate it to Delta."

The fire truck will replace a 1974 pumper that slid on ice on Tanana Loop Extension en route to a fire near Delta. The truck was driven by Christopher Kobierowski, 41, assistant chief of the Delta Junction Volunteer Fire Department. Kobierowski died in the crash, and another fireman was injured.

"I think it's a good gesture that the company has done to help Delta," Godkin said.

The donated fire truck will be named "Engine 501," Godkin said, in honor of Kobierowski's call sign.

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