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Preserving history

Gabriel Guild, 2, of Capitola, Calif., sits on 1925 Stutz fire truck at annual pancake breakfast. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Approximately 600 people enjoyed a pancake breakfast Sunday and also helped preserve a part of Southern Oregon Coast history.

The pancake breakfast was served by members and families of the Harbor Fire Department. The part of history is the department’s 1925 Stutz fire truck.

“We received very good support from the community,” said Fire Chief John Brazil. 

How much money the event raised has yet to be determined, but Brazil said the department “exceeded what it did in the past three years.”

In addition to community support, guests saw many young people volunteering their time serving the preparing the meals, serving food and beverages. The young people were all family members of firefighters, Brazil said. Many guests appreciated their fast service.

Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will benefit the department’s public safety education and equipment as well as funding the “Save Our Stutz” project to restore the vintage fire truck.

Between 1924 and ’27, only nine Stutz trucks were built. Only two of those remain that still have the original engine, Brazil said – the one that belongs to Harbor and another in Nampa, Idaho.

The truck belonging to Harbor was originally delivered to Marshfield (now Coos Bay) and has served with several departments along the coast. Harbor purchased the truck and used it as a response vehicle in the early 1970s.

After purchasing new equipment, the vintage truck was retired, but it still in use for events and parades.

Brazil said he is looking for historical information about the truck. If anyone has information or knows a historian can call Brazil at 541-469-5301 or 541-661-2410.

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