In a blink the building was engulfed in flames.The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around.
When the first volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the sausage company president rushed to the fire chief and said, ‘All of oursecret sausage recipes are in the vault in the center of the plant. They have to be saved.
I will donate $50,000 to the fire company that brings them out and delivers them to me.’
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. And even more fire departments had to be called in because the situation became desperate.
As the firemen arrived, the president’s offer to extricate the secret recipes was raised to $100,000 to the fire department that could save them.
Suddenly from up the road, a lone siren was heard. As another fire truck came into sight, it was the fire engine of the nearby Lodi , NJ. — The volunteer fire department composed mainly of Italian firefighters over the age of 65.
To everyone’s amazement, the little run-down fire engine, operated by these Italian firefighters, rushed pass the fire engines parked outside the plant, and drove straight into the middle of the inferno!
The grateful sausage company president joyfully announced that for such a superhuman accomplishment
he was raising the reward to $200,000, as he personally thanked each of the brave, elderly, Italian firefighters.
A TV news crew rushed in after capturing the event on film. The ‘on camera’ reporter asked the Italian fire chief: ‘What are you going to do with all that money?’
‘Wella,’ said Chief Pasquale De Luccinelli, the 70-year-old fire chief, ‘de fursta tinga we gonna do isza fixa de brakes on dat old truck!!’