Madison County Town Wins Contest for Fire Truck

OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (AP) - There were plenty of cheers and a
few happy tears in the tiny Madison County community of Owens Cross
Roads as residents learned the town's volunteer fire department would be getting a new $250,000 pumper truck.

Town officials got word Friday afternoon that the volunteer fire department had won a nationwide competition and would receive the
pumper truck.

The Huntsville Times reported the department won the most votes in an online contest. Owens Cross Roads beat out other needy fire stations in Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, Kansas, Michigan and Oklahoma.

Fire engine manufacturer E-One sponsored the contest. More than 700 volunteer fire departments submitted essays in an effort to win.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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