Ohio man donates 20 replica fire apparatus to department

He saved up over the years to collect the 20 high-quality models, which he donated to the Beavercreek Fire Department

By Mark Gokavi
The Dayton Daily News

BEAVERCREEK TWP., Ohio — Marc Marderosian wanted to be a fireman, but as close as he got was selling lemonade — 1 cent for a small, 3 cents for a large — outside a fire station in the North St. Louis, Mo., neighborhood of Baden during the Depression.

Marderosian said he and his brother earned enough to go to a Saturday movie doubleheader, which cost 10 cents, and get popcorn or candy, which cost 5 cents.

He also saved up during the years to collect an impressive set of replica fire engines. Marderosian donated the 20 high-quality models to the Beavercreek Fire Department.

"I just wanted to leave something behind for kids, and I'm sure a lot of adults will look at some of these things and it will bring back a lot of memories," said Marderosian, who was honored Aug. 22 by the Beavercreek Twp. Trustees with a proclamation and plaque.

"I didn't expect this, but I'll take it."

Trustee Robert Glaser said the donation sparked the idea to urge the public to share any photos, stories or memorabilia related to the fire department, so its history is preserved. Those with artifacts they're willing to share can call John Mercs at (937) 426-1213.

Marderosian has been a Beaver-creek City Council member, president of the Beavercreek Enrichment Association and has played the key role in Beavercreek's 9/11 memorial project.

"Marc is the kind of guy that every community wishes that they had," Glaser said. "He basically is in the background, he gets the job done and he does it very efficiently."

Perhaps Marderosian's mother was too efficient at cleaning after her son joined the Army in World War II. He said after he returned home, he asked his mother about where she was storing his (even older) model fire trucks and baseball cards.

"I went up in the attic and I couldn't find any of this stuff," Marderosian said. "If I had the baseball cards, I could have retired 20 years ago."

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