continued Sponsored by the Port Henry Fire Department Auxiliary, MacBoston 18 Truck will also return as part of Port Henry’s annual Labor Day celebration. The fire truck is an inspirational and memorial vehicle in tribute to fallen firefighters. Mac is in memory of firefighter Paul MacMurray of Hudson Falls; Boston refers to the city of Boston, where the truck was purchased; 18 was MacMurray’s badge number. The truck includes the names of firefighters who died in the line of duty engraved on its side.
A local firefighter’s name will be added to the truck during this year’s Labor Day celebration. Beverly Pratt, the father of Port Henry Past Chief and Past President William (Billy) Pratt’s father, will be honored.
“Mr. Pratt was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call in May 1956,” Port Henry Fire Chief Jim Hughes said. “Mr. Pratt’s name will be added to the other plaques which adorn this rolling memorial. It is our intent to present the plaque to Bill’s family as we pause during the annual Labor Day parade. Very special thanks and recognition must be given to Auxiliary President Jeannie Ball who was instrumental in making this request possible.”
Pratt, 38, died when he fell from a Port Henry fire truck en route to a blaze.
The Port Henry Fire Department organized the annual community Labor Day celebration for a century. The chamber of commerce took over those duties two decades ago.
“The community is excited,” Woods said. “We’ve had some more people step up and help us this year, which is greatly appreciated. The (Ticonderoga Federal) credit union and Glens Falls National) bank are involved and so are a number of citizens. It’s good to see more people involved.”