A former City of Altoona fire truck has been repainted and decorated with symbolic ribbons to call attention to domestic violence.
The truck, now purple, made its first public appearance Thursday night in front of the Logan Township Municipal Building, where an estimated 70 people gathered. It's expected to be used in parades and parked at events where it can draw attention to efforts to combat domestic violence.
"Domestic violence is one of those under-the-radar things that happens a lot," Supervisor Ed Frontino said.
A former City of Altoona fire truck that has been redone for use to raise awareness of
domestic violence is unveiled late Thursday afternoon at the Logan Township Municipal Building. About 70 people gathered Thursday for its debut. The fire truck is expected to be used in parades and at events.
Frontino praised Logan Township volunteer firefighters and local businesses for their efforts to transform the truck and he thanked the city for donating the retired vehicle. All efforts were accomplished at no cost to the taxpayers, Frontino said.
Newburg Volunteer Fire Chief Fred Schwarze, who suggested the project upon hearing that the truck was available, said he and his wife, Tory, who works for Family Services Inc., were very pleased with everyone's efforts.
"The truck is more than we ever expected," Schwarze said.