Community Steps Up To Help City Transport Donated Fire Vehicles To Puerto Rico

Steve Miller
December 14, 2019 - 2:23 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After news of the city needing help in transporting a donated ambulance and a fire engine to Puerto Rico, a neighbor stepped up to help the community still heavy with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

After hearing our story that Chicago was donating the two used pieces of equipment but had no way of getting them to the island, an official with Florida-based Trailer Bridge reached out to Alderman Ariel Reboyras, who has been an active member in the donation process. 

He said Trailer Bridge would take the engine and the ambulance over at no charge.

Reboyras, who has been working with the city and local businesses for a year and a half to get it to donate the ambulance and a fire engine to the coastal town of Manati, is thrilled at the good news.

"He told me, 'Alderman, get the equipment here Tuesday. I'll ship it out Wednesday," Reboyras said. "That was pretty good. That's what we want to hear."

Since airing this story, volunteers from around the city have also stepped up to help drive the ambulance and the fire engine from Chicago to Jacksonville, Florida.

Those who want to volunteer with transportaiton efforts can contact Reboyas' office at (773) 794-3095. Although it's closed on the weekends, it reopens Monday at 8:30 a.m.