Ogdensburg police union staging fundraiser to restore '52 Ford wagon
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:52 pm

City of Ogdensburg Department of Police 1952 Ford paddy wagon currently undergoing restoration.

OGDENSBURG -- The Ogdensburg Police Patrolman's Union is staging a Paddy Wagon Fundraiser at the Kiwanis Touch-A-Truck event Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will coincide with the annual Car-B-Cue.

The fundraiser will be held in the north side parking lot of the old Mall.

Donations to help fund the restoration of the department's 1952 Ford prisoner transport wagon will be accepted during the event.

The union would like to incorporate the  wagon back into long-standing Ogdensburg city events such as the Seaway Festival Parade and Festival activities, and the Light up the Night Parade. The restored wagon would also be used during community fundraising events like “Stuff a Truck” where back packs are filled with school supplies and the back of the wagon is filled with as many back packs as possible for donation to students in need.

The wagon, often referred to as “The Black Mariah” around the country, was used for years as both a police vehicle and a rescue squad vehicle for the residents of the city. With the establishment of the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad the vehicle stopped answering emergency medical assistance calls.

“The Black Mariah” was a term that originated in England to refer to a police wagon. The name was also used commonly in New Orleans to refer to a hearse in the last century.