In 1993, a Spokane man drove across the country to pick up a fire truck he won for 20 dollars in his hometown of Rheems, Pennsylvania, so fire explorers could use it here locally.
"How many people can say they've seen the United States from inside a fire engine," Ron Baer said in a 1993 interview with KXLY.
Baer said the trip wasn't easy. The vehicle topped off at 55 miles per hour and got nine miles to the gallon in gas.
"It took me two weeks," Baer said Sunday. "I drove 200 miles a day because I didn't want to-- well this thing wasn't made to go on the highway. It was made to go five blocks and put a fire out."
Now, two decades later., Baer is getting ready to send what he calls his "mistress" back to Rheems where their relationship first started.
"I drove it to fires when I was in my twenties," Baer said.
The truck became his in 1990 when the department decided to raffle it off instead of selling or trading it. Ron bought four tickets for five dollars a pop.
"Couple months later they pulled my name out of a hat and said you can come get your old fire engine," Baer said.