Detroit’s Fire Commission Head Gives Department Third Gift
Detroit’s Fire Commisison President, Paxton Mendelssohn, whose interest in the fire service and the Detroit Fire Department is of many years duration, and who previously presented that department with two ambulances, recently announced another gift. He told members of the commission he is donating $18,000 to modernize the ambulance currently used for injured fire fighters. This is about what the vehicle cost 14 years ago, when new, it is revealed.
His first ambulance was given in 1927. The second, which is to be remodeled, was donated in 1937. The work will be done by Ray Dietrick, Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich. Rehabilitation will include new motor with hydromatic transmission; shortening of frame and wheel base; new axles and brakes; new front end and doors; new steering gear and instrument board and refinishing of the interior and body.