A new plow truck, recently unveiled by the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, will do more than just handle heavy snow. It also will honor local veterans as it travels down the road.
The new addition to the fleet has been decorated to honor servicemembers, veterans and their families. Municipal employees painted an American flag, a bald eagle and graphics depicting each branch of the military on the plows and truck's frame.
The concept was conceived by recently retired highway superintendent William Swanson and approved by members of the American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, said the truck honoring veterans is the first of its kind in Erie County. Schimminger secured $570,000 in state funds for the truck and three other heavy-duty trucks for the town.