Chicago Donates Fire Vehicles To City In Puerto Rico

Steve Miller
December 10, 2019 - 4:59 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- More than two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island is still in need. On Tuesday, the city of Chicago made a big donation.

Near Humboldt Park, the mayor of the Puerto Rican coastal town of Manati thanked Chicago for an ambulance and a fire engine. Both used vehicles are being donated to Manati.

Jose Maisonet, a local retiree who spends a lot of time in Puerto Rico, helped push the plan in motion.

“I know that Chicago does donate equipment to countries that need it. So I was wondering, why not Puerto Rico?" he said.

Maisonet pushed the city to donate. He had help from others, like Chicago-area businessman Dave Diaz, who also has ties to Manati.

"The town does have an emergency vehicle, but they have to share it with additional towns.  So they don't have it on standby all the time. So when something does happen, the vehicle is an hour away,” Diaz said.

Even though Chicago is donating the fire engine and ambulance, it's not clear who will pay for shipping them to Puerto Rico.