Rochelle Fire Department Honors 100th Birthday of “Gertie”, Historic 1924 Fire Truck

Rochelle Fire Department Honors 100th Birthday of “Gertie”, Historic 1924 Fire Truck

Rochelle Fire Department Honors 100th Birthday of “Gertie”, Historic 1924 Fire Truck

Rochelle Fire Department Honors 100th Birthday of Historic 1924 American LaFrance Fire truck “Gertie”

The Rochelle Fire Department is thrilled to announce the commencement of celebrations marking the 100th birthday of its cherished 1924 American LaFrance fire truck, lovingly referred to as “Gertie.” This historic fire truck has been an emblem of courage and community spirit, faithfully representing Rochelle for a century and becoming an integral part of its heritage.

Commissioned in 1924, “Gertie” has stood as a symbol of resilience, bravery, and dedication, responding to emergencies and proudly leading parades throughout the years. To honor “Gertie’s” legacy, the lives she has protected, and the careful restoration she’s enjoyed, the Rochelle Fire Department invites the community to join in a year-long celebration of this beloved icon.


The festivities will kick off with the highly anticipated Fireman’s Ball on Saturday, April 13th, an evening filled with music, dancing, and camaraderie. This grand event will serve as a tribute to the courage and sacrifice of firefighters past and present, with “Gertie” taking center stage as the guest of honor.

Throughout the year, “Gertie” will make special appearances at various events across the community, offering residents the opportunity to view this historic fire truck up close and learn about her storied history. Watch for announcements and stay tuned to the local news outlets and Rochelle Fire Department’s social media channels for updates on upcoming events and opportunities to see “Gertie” in person.


We look forward to sharing this milestone with the community and honoring ‘Gertie’s’ legacy together.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Ange Gillis
Administrative Assistant
Rochelle Fire Department

(815)562-2122
Lt. Zach Prewett
Rochelle Fire Department

(815)562-2122