Donated NJ fire truck to be flown to Nicaragua

A fire truck will soon be heading from New Jersey to Nicaragua.

Master Sgt. Jorge A. Narvaez, left, 108th Wing Security Forces, New Jersey Air National Guard, poses for a photo in front of a 1982 Mack 1250 GPM pumper fire truck at Mercer Engine No. 3 fire department in Princeton, N.J., July 13, 2016. Narvaez was instrumental in getting the truck donated to a group of volunteer firefighters in Managua, Nicaragua through the Denton Program, which allows U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on military cargo aircraft to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need.

Master Sgt. Jorge A. Narvaez, left, 108th Wing Security Forces, New Jersey Air National Guard, poses for a photo in front of a 1982 Mack 1250 GPM pumper fire truck at Mercer Engine No. 3 fire department in Princeton, N.J., July 13, 2016. Narvaez was instrumental in getting the truck donated to a group of volunteer firefighters in Managua, Nicaragua through the Denton Program, which allows U.S. citizens and organizations to use space available on military cargo aircraft to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need. (8/10/16)

MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE - A fire truck is on its way from New Jersey to Nicaragua.

The Air National Guard at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Wednesday loaded the truck aboard a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane for the flight to the Central American nation.

Master Sgt. Jorge Narvaez, who also is a Princeton police officer, and retired chief Ray Wadsworth procured the truck from the Princeton Fire Department.

In 2014, Narvaez traveled to Nicaragua. While he was there, he visited the headquarters of the Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos – a group of volunteer firefighters located in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

“I saw that they were in dire need of serviceable fire trucks and equipment,” said Narvaez. “I offered to help and get them assistance in the United States. I explained to them that I couldn’t make any promises, but that I would try to do my best.”

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