LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Through a generous donation the Lufkin Fire Department has a new vehicle to use when traveling to honor fallen firefighters.
"This is very special for us," Fire Chief Ted Lovett said. "This lets us represent the fire department in a positive light."
The new 2015 Chevrolet van will be used by the departments Honor Guard.
"The guard will go out across the state and sometimes across of the country," Lovett said. "They go out and support the family and departments that have lost a firefighter in the line of duty."
Lovett said this new vehicle will allow the department to travel as one unit to these events. In the past, Lovett said they would have to use multiple vehicles to go out of town. The vehicle will also give the group an area to rest and store their gear in."
"You just don't get to be part of the guard," Lovett said. "These guys do not do it for the pay. They do it because they care and they want to be there for others."
Lovett said the department was able to pay for the van after the received a generous donation from the Kurth Foundation.
"Sometimes when we get the donations or grants we have to pay half, but this time the foundation picked up the entire bill and we are grateful for that," Lovett said. "It really means a lot to us."
The firefighters that are involved in the honor guard got to design the vehicle's paint job and chose a very special picture.
"It kind of brings chills to me because that picture that is one the side was actually taken at a funeral for one of the firefighters that died at West, Tx," Lovett said. "Our guys were out there and didn't even know at the time the picture was taken. We laid a lot of firefighters to rest in those few days. it was very special."
Lovett said the group will also be able to use the van for training trips as well.