belton, tx — Belton Fire Department "rolled-in" a new truck into service Wednesday.
The $145,000 vehicle was purchased through the Greathouse Trust fund, set up through the will of a Belton resident. The trust was established in 1991 as directed by the will of Zora Lee Greathouse. Greathouse established the trust as a way of saying thank you to the Belton Ambulance Service, with whom she credited with saving her sister's life. The trust consisted of two lots in the Sherwood subdivision and $117,000 cash. Over the past 20 plus years, the trust has helped pay for paramedic training and five ambulances. On ambulance purchases, the city pays the trust back, so the funds are available to assist with future purchases.
The fire department says the truck is much needed. They have now taken an older truck and placed it in "reserve" thanks to the addition of the newer model.
"One of our old ambulances is going away. The current medical one is going into reserve status. And, the new one is going to be on the front line, so it's pretty cool."
The new truck is now in service and ready to respond to emergencies.