Pittsburgh's new fireboat named for late Mayor Sophie Masloff

Pittsburgh's new fireboat named for late Mayor Sophie Masloff

PITTSBURGH — PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh's new fire boat has arrived and it's named, aptly enough, for a former mayor known for her siren-like voice.

The city's new Fireboat 1, the Sophie Masloff, arrived Wednesday. It will be dry-docked until it can be inspected and put into service.

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The city's last fire boat was decommissioned and sold in 1973 to Tampa, Florida. Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich asked the city to buy the new $420,000 boat after crews struggled to douse flames on a burning boat on the Ohio River in 2015.

Masloff was 96 when she died in 2014 and served as mayor from 1988 to 1994. The self-described "old Jewish grandmother" was known for her voice which became screechy when she was excited, prompting local comedians and radio personalities to lampoon it on morning radio shows.