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Pictured is the new 2019 Ram pickup truck with Boss snowplow purchased primarily with funds from the American Legion post in Wausau and donated to Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.
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Pictured is the new 2019 Ram pickup truck with Boss snowplow purchased primarily with funds from the American Legion post in Wausau and donated to Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.
12/31/2019 7:30:00 AM
Camp American Legion takes delivery of new plow truck

Brian Jopek
Lakeland Times Reporter

On Dec. 20, following a brief presentation at Brickner Motors of Wausau, Camp American Legion received its new 2019 Ram plow truck.

The majority of the funding - roughly 80% - for the new 3/4 ton, single cab pickup truck came from the Montgomery-Plant-Dudley American Legion Post 10 in Wausau.

According to the post's website, its membership approved what was the largest donation in its 100-year history, a donation not to exceed $35,000, for the purchase of the truck.

That money was placed with the American Legion Foundation until the purchase was made, along with another $10,000 donation from the American Legion Riders.

That donation helped get the Ram outfitted with a new Boss snowplow.

The new truck will replace another truck that's more than 20 years old, according to Camp American Legion Don Grundy.

Grundy said he'd been trying to get a new plow truck for awhile and had been working specifically with members of American Legion Post 10, meeting with them during the winter "a couple of years ago."

"One of the things I talked about was our needs," he said. "I've been trying to get a new truck for awhile and last year, they had a one ton dump truck lined up, but didn't have all the funding."

"Following a bidding process," the post's website reads, "the truck was purchased in Wausau from the Brickner Family dealership who provided a significant discount to this Post 10 project."

All the paperwork was completed in early December and the truck was prepped to include installation of the snowplow "enabling immediate use at the camp."

"This upgrade in vehicles will allow the camp to remain open longer, with year-round possibilities," the Post 10 website reads. "Additionally, the vehicle will be able to be used in local events, promoting the Camp and American Legion in the Northwoods area."

In an interview with the Lakeland Times Dec. 27, Grundy said American Legion Post 10 member Thom Passow should get a lot of the credit for getting the truck donation lined up.

He said the donation of the Ram to Camp American Legion by Post 10 are examples of the spirit of "the American Legion family."

"These are the people coming out and doing this because they know there's a need," Grundy said. "There was no politics around it, there was no 'What's in it for us?' They just flat out knew we needed this up here. And they said 'Let's do it.' It's pretty impressive one post was able to put that together.

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