Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting

Restored Fire Apparatus to Roll in Nashville Veteran’s Day Parade

A very special addition will roll down the streets of downtown Nashville (TN) tomorrow at the annual Nashville Veteran’s Day Parade. A fully-restored, Patriot Guard Sutphen fire engine adorned with patriotic trimmings will honor the memories of the fallen firefighters and rescue workers from the events of September 11, 2001.

Ron Neely, a retired Nashville firefighter with 24 years of service, was deeply touched by the events of Sept. 11th and purchased and restored the fire apparatus and uses it in parades and events to keep the memory of 9/11 alive. At the Nashville Parade, Neely will unveil a unique pair of custom windshields donated by Guardian’s Custom Glass Solutions (CGS) based in Worthington, Ohio. Upon contacting CGS to inquire about replacing the broken windshields in his truck, the staff at CGS decided to donate both windshields to Mr. Neely.

The apparatus will partake in Nashville's Veteran's Day parade

“We were touched by his cause and wanted to do something to help,” says CGS Sales Manager Debi Owens. “Ron was ecstatic to learn his messaging ‘All Gave Some / Some Gave All’ would be permanently protected by the glass.”

The windshields were recently presented and installed with the help of the Lawrence Glass Company in Murfreesboro at no charge.

A front view of the memorial fire truck.

“We’ve always supported our men and women in uniform and were compelled to help in any way possible when we heard Ron’s story,” comments Dale Lawrence of Lawrence Glass Company.

Neely plans to showcase his Patriot Guard fire engine at parades and other events around the country for years to come. “I am really touched by what CGS has done and can’t thank them enough,” says Neely.

Guardian’s Custom Glass Solutions (CGS) is North America’s leading producer of large format, laminated glass systems. In addition to laminated glass, CGS also manufactures flat, bent, and tempered glass systems, offering a broad range of capabilities and the most diverse selection of products for many different transportation segments. Visit