Emergency responders free man stuck under firetruck

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Perry Police, First Responders and Fire Department extricated a man who got himself stuck in his firetruck Monday about 8:30 p.m. at 1205 Diagonal Road on Perry's west side.

Perry Police, First Responders and Fire Department extricated a man who got himself stuck in his firetruck Monday about 8:30 p.m. at 1205 Diagonal Road on Perry’s west side.

Firetruck met firetruck Monday night on Perry’s west side when the Perry Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a man stuck in or under a firetruck.

There were no injuries in the extrication incident.

The Perry Police Department and Perry First Responders also responded to 1205 Diagonal Road and assisted in freeing the victim.

Perry Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Hinds said the incident began when a man was retrofitting an historic American La France firetruck for use as a mobile pizza oven and found himself trapped under the vehicle inside the 8,100-square-foot building owned by Perry Building Inc., according to county records.

“It was an elderly fellow that owns his own firetruck and was converting it from a firetruck to a pizza truck, and he just got stuck,” Hinds said. “He’d been working under there for some time and just got cramped up and couldn’t get out. He’s well into his 80s.”

Hinds said the octogenarian was unhurt and promptly removed by emergency responders.

“This is the ninth firetruck he has converted to a rolling pizza parlor,” Hinds said. “He puts a brick oven in part of it, and they cook and serve pizza out of it out in California. He buys them and fixes them up and takes them out there to his grandson, who runs pizzas out of them.”

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