EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Fire Department dedicated its newest fire truck Wednesday at the Ford Center.
The 2019 Pierce with a 75′ aerial ladder and 1,500 gallon per minute pump was built in Appleton, Wisconsin at a cost of approximately $875,000.00
The truck was dedicated in remembrance of fallen firefighter, Robert Doerr II.
His name is permanently displayed on each side of the truck.
The 51-year-old was killed in a shooting outside of his Oakley Street home in February.
It’s hard to go back to that day in February for the Doerr family and the grieving process has been even more difficult.
“Until they find the person that did it, and you know convict them, we’re left out in the open we don’t know what’s going on,” Bob Doerr, Robert’s Father said.
What this tragedy hasn’t done is take away the memories and love of fire fighting this family has.
“Robbie was just the type of person, he was always trying to help somebody," explained Bob. "All you had to do was say hey I’m going to do this anybody around? Well, he’d be there.”
It’s not the first truck in the Tri-State to have the Doerr name on it. Bob’s name sits on a Perry Township fire truck after his years of service there.
“I spent 37 years there and I was the chief for 12 years and they put my name on a truck out there and you know that’s a hell of an honor,” says Bob.
The truck will tell Robbie’s story of compassion for others for years to come.
“I asked him several times why he didn’t take a promotion, he said I don’t want to do that, he said, I want on the end of the house in the house,” said Bob.
A fallen brother, a missed son but never a forgotten hero.
Authorities are continuing their search for his killer.