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EFD dedicates new fire truck in honor of former firefighter

Updated: Apr. 26, 2021 at 12:22 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Fire Department dedicated their newest truck Tuesday.

Officials say the truck is a 2021 Pierce with a 105′ aerial ladder that was built in Appleton, Wisconsin, at a cost of approximately $986,000.00

The dedication is in remembrance of a 20-year veteran, James S. Pfender.

Officials say it has been a long-standing tradition to memorialize their fallen brothers and sisters.

Pfender died in June 2020. He was just 48.

“It’s all about tradition. It’s just one way that we honor our firefighters and those who have passed. This way their names kind of continue to live on with us,” shared Assistant Fire Chief Paul Anslinger.

According to his obituary, Pfender also served as an ER trauma nurse for Deaconess Hospital.

He was a decorated captain with EFD and served at Hose House No. 9.

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