Up close and personal

Touch-a-truck debuts at fair

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE People gather near a Life Flight helicopter that landed at Attica Independent Fair for its touch-a-truck event Saturday afternoon.

ATTICA — A new event at Attica Independent Fair allowed fair-goers to see first-responder vehicles Saturday afternoon.

The touch-a-truck event drew vehicles from Attica-Venice-Reed EMS District, Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District, Life Flight, North Central Electric Cooperative, Ohio Department of Transportation, State Highway Patrol and Tiffin Ag and Turf.

“Hopefully, we get a decent turnout,” said Chief Lonnie Jaynes of Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District.

Jaynes said it was the first year for the touch-a-truck event. Hopefully, he said, it will grow the next few years. The goal is to get more businesses and vehicles to the event.

“Keep it growing,” Jaynes said.

Attica-Venice-Reed Fire District exhibited two engines — its first-run engine and its second-run engine — its heavy rescue truck, an ambulance and the chief’s vehicle.

Jaynes said the chief’s vehicle, a 1995 station wagon, was donated to the department by Helen Hopkins. The vehicle is available to use when crew members attend training or meetings.

Jaynes said Hopkins, who died about five years ago, was a “tremendous” supporter of the fire department who would visit with the crew members during training and give them donations.

“She definitely had a huge heart,” he said.