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Seneca's emergency agencies to hold open house

1911 horse drawn pumper to highlight event

SENECA – A fire, ambulance and emergency management agency open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the fire station, 1300 W. Armour St., in Seneca.

The event will include free blood pressure checks, “Cappy the Fire Dog,” a bounce house for children, a Jaws of Life demonstration at 1 p.m., free food and much more.

The main attraction will feature the town’s 1911 horse-drawn pumper, one of only three to exist. Seneca Fire Department has the only one owned by the original department, and the only one that runs.

At the open house, there will be an attempt to pump water from the horse-drawn pumper for the first time since 1934, when it seized up.

“I personally watched it being fired up today; it was breathtaking,” said Lynette Riggs, Seneca volunteer firefighter.

For more information, contact Riggs at 815-993-4726 or send an email to lynettebickett@yahoo.com.

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