Whenever a local high school team wins a state championship, it is tradition that they are driven around town by a Quincy fire truck.
Because of safety reasons, however, athletes will no longer ride atop the truck.
This doesn’t mean that the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team who won its second state title in Saturday in Normal will not get the attention they deserve.
The Quincy Fire Department will now provide two trucks for the procession through town.
“I’m just not comfortable with having kids sitting on top of apparatus unsecured on a public street,” Chief Joe Henning said. “So what we’ve done is offered them two fire apparatuses. We’ll have one lead the procession, one at the end of the procession. Anybody in the truck is welcome to ride as long they’re seated (inside the truck).”
The school will provide another form of transportation for those unable to be in the fire trucks.
“We’ll draw plenty of attention,” Henning said. “We’ll make the noise. We’ll do everything we’ve always done. We’re just going to make sure we do it safely.”
The procession for the QND soccer team is expected to start 1 p.m. Monday.