Santa Claus is coming to town

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People have been coming out of their houses in Tyrone to welcome Santa Claus, who’s making his way through town on a fire truck. 

“Kids young and old, ya’ know totally enjoy it,” Harry Dillon III, Volunteer for the Hookies Fire Company, in Tyrone, said.  “It’s a tradition that so many look forward to in the area.” 

A tradition that parents of two different families WTAJ talked to, watched when they were kids, are now coming full-circle, as they share the Tyrone tradition with their children.

“We do it every year, we come out and watch them,” Joe Eyer, Father in Tyrone, said.

“They get all excited and start beeping’ the car horn at them, Billy Smith, Father in Tyrone, said about his two daughters.

Around a dozen fire trucks and 50 firefighters come to the Santa Run from the Hookies Fire Company and the Neptune Fire Company in Tyrone, the Bald Eagle Fire Company and the Warriors Mark Fire Company from Huntingdon County.
They have crews ready to be dispatched if a fire happens during the parade.

“We’ve even had fire calls during the route, and we’ll either postpone and then continue or send a couple of the trucks that aren’t needed for the call, continue the route and finish making sure the kids get to see Santa<” Dillion III, said.
After the popularity of the Santa Run in Tyrone, Alpha Fire in State College started their Santa Run in the 1970s.

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