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Greenwich Fire Truck Engine Repairs To Cost About $35K

The truck was damaged as a fire crew raced to rescue 2 boys who fell through the ice of a Riverside pond.

A puddle of oil from Greenwich Fire Department Engine 5 on Willowmere Circle Jan. 23, 2014. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.
A puddle of oil from Greenwich Fire Department Engine 5 on Willowmere Circle Jan. 23, 2014. Photo credit: Barbara Heins.

Repairs to the fire truck engine that was destroyed when a Greenwich Fire Department crew raced to a Riverside pond where two boys had fallen through the ice last month, are expected to cost about $35,000.

According to Jay Domeseck, the town's fleet director, said Monday that mechanics at Atlantic Detroit, a truck repair company in upstate Middletown, are replacing the diesel motor to Engine 5, one of the trucks assigned to the Sound Beach fire station.

"They told me it was terminal ... it could not be salvaged," Domeseck said.

The engine damage occurred Jan. 23 when crews answered the call that a pair of boys fell through thin ice on a Willowmere Circle pond in the Riverside section of town. The engine crew was unaware there was a significant speed bump on Willowmere, a few yards from the pond. 

As the they drove over the speed bump, the truck bottomed out, shearing a bolt in the oil pan and ripping out a chunk of the Fiberglas oil pan, spewing engine oil as they continued down the road. The crew saw a warning light activated but continued on with their duties. As they prepared to rescue the boys — who ignored a nearby resident's plea to get off the ice — the truck shut down. 

"Do you save a couple kids or shut the truck down?" Domeseck said.

Domeseck said the repairs should be completed next week. "They said they had to replace the engine and luckily they had one available at the factory. A two-week turnaround is pretty good," Domeseck said.

He said some of the the repair should be covered by insurance.  


SLGREEN February 05, 2014 at 08:12 AM
The parents of those two boys should pay for the repairs. If they have the means to cover the entire balance of what insurance isn't paying for, they should do so. If not, they should pay as much as they're able to. That's a little price to pay considering they have their boys safe and sound. If they were properly supervising their children, this wouldn't have happened and it's not fair for taxpayers to pay for this if those parents have the means to do so.
James Kleiner February 08, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Good for the first responders and glad the boys were rescued. Lives ALWAYS come before equipment. It's unfortunate about the rig, however that's what insurance is for. I think you'd be hard pressed to get the parents to pay for it and it would be a long drawn out battle with the insurance companies and lawyers. Perhaps the parents could pay it forward and start a fund raiser to help defray some of the costs of the repairs.
SLGREEN February 08, 2014 at 10:44 AM
I'm not suggesting that the town sues those parents but if those parents have the means, they should offer. If not, a fundraiser is a great idea. Lives do come before the equipment, that's for sure!

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