Christmas came early for the Summit Volunteer Fire Department.

That was the reaction among town officials upon seeing the department’s new fire truck, a shining red-and-black pumper made by Pierce Manufacturing on a Freightliner chassis.

Fire Chief Stan McMorris showed off the gleaming truck and took town council members for a spin after Tuesday’s board meeting.

The $281,210 machine was paid for with $90,000 in grant funds from the Pike County Board of Supervisors, $115,000 from the town’s general fund and 10 years' worth of insurance rebate funds that the department has been saving —  $76,210.

“It's a joint effort between the Pike County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Summit to get this truck equipped and in service,” McMorris said.

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