The Raymondville Fire Department will soon have a new fire truck.

More than 450 attended a recent Raymondville truck pull with profits going to help with payments for a new fire truck there.

With temperatures in the upper 80s, several firefighters worked to prepare the track in preparation for the pull. “You could not ask for a better evening,” said an organizer, Guy Ceplina. The sled arrived at 4:30 p.m. and the track was ready. Trucks and spectators started filling in and pulls started at 7 p.m. with the Draggin Wagon Sled Team.

The night started with mother of firefighter Shannon Coleman giving a prayer over the event. Raymondville firefighter Nikki Coleman sang the national anthem. “We had a great night. It has been three years since we have done a pull and it couldn’t have turned out better,” Ceplina said.

The new fire truck will be arriving soon, Ceplina said.

The department has always tried to hold fundraisers to assist with its needs. “This will be a major purchase for us, so this event needed to be a good one,” Ceplina said.

The Village of Raymondville, Blue Heaven Club and PTO had concession stands; and they all ran out of food and drinks by the end of the night.

“We would like to thank everyone that came out and to remind everyone to please pay your fire dues and support your local firefighters,” said Ceplina

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