Boy Bids $5.43 for Fire Engine!

Issue 12 and Volume 106.

Boy Bids $5.43 for Fire Engine! When the Board of Fire Commissioners of Ocean Grove, N. J., the famous New Jersey Methodist seacoast resort, opened bids on their hook-andladder, vintage 1912, they found a plea from a Howard Beach, N. Y., applicant reading: “The next town has two fire engine pumpers and I could help them out if I had a hook and ladder.” It all sounded fine until the officials read on and found the bidder was eightyear-old John A. Toomey of Howard Beach, who offered his savings of $5.43. The boy’s bid was “taken under consideration,” along with the others, sez the press of Nov. 15, 1953.

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