This handsome engine was built for the fire department of South Elgin, Illinois. The model was typically armed with a two-stage centrifugal pump capable of delivering 1500-gallons of water per minute, with a tank capacity of 500-gallons, and was driven by a 350 horse-power Detroit Diesel engine and Allison four-speed automatic transmission.
The “Worthington” markings refer not to a location or department, but to Michael Worthington of St. Charles, Illinois, a Motorola executive and volunteer firefighter who, as a friend of Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini, has close ties to the Arizona Fire Service. Mr. Worthington obtained the South Elgin rig after its active service and extensively restored and re-equipped it to its current top-notch condition. After Mr. Worthington passed away in 2015, his wife Ann and children donated the rig to the Hall of Flame. It has become a favorite in Phoenix-area parades and other public events.