Cedar Hill Fire Protection District’s 2017 Pierce pumper

The Cedar Hill Fire Protection District’s 2017 Pierce pumper is back in service following a crash last year.

The Cedar Hill Fire Protection District’s pumper truck, which was involved in a traffic accident last year, will return to service this week. That will come in handy because the district is still evaluating what to do about another firetruck that was totaled in early June.

Fire Chief Mick Fischer said it’s “good timing” to have the 2017 Pierce pumper return to Station 1 at 6766 Cedar Hill Road in Cedar Hill.

“We were able to make it through without the truck for the year, but with losing the other truck a couple of weeks ago, we really need this truck back,” he said.

Fischer said the repairs to the 2017 pumper truck cost $180,000, and most of it was covered by insurance. He said the district had to pay a $500 deductible because the woman who hit them had no insurance.

The pumper truck was wrecked in August 2020 on the Hwy. 30 bridge over the Big River while it was parked and firefighters were putting out a debris fire.

The truck was hit by a 71-year-old Dittmer woman who was driving a Ford Escape and was suspected of driving while intoxicated, the Sheriff’s Office reported at the time.

Fischer said the district’s 2005 Pierce Sabre firetruck was totaled on June 5, while crews were responding to a call to help the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District with a fire involving two structures in Ware, authorities reported.

Cedar Hill Engineer Kalin Graff, 23, of Fenton was driving the truck on Hwy. Y south of Tierney Farms Lane in Dittmer when the truck ran partly off the right side of the road and Graff overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn and then run off the right side of the road, where it struck a fence, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

Graff, who was wearing a seat belt, was moderately injured and taken by Valle Ambulance to Mercy Hospital South in south St. Louis County, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Fischer said the district purchased the firetruck new for $361,933 and is working with its insurance company to replace it.