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Drop by the Central Fire Station and you’ll find a friendly and welcoming kind of attitude, even as the entire station stands ready for the next emergency call.
Just last week a group of preschoolers decked out in pastel colored plastic fire helmets toured the station, and the firefighters all took time to line the halls to say hi and give fist bumps.
You’ll also find treasured mementos including the honorary firefighter’s jacket worn by Casey Buechel, a diligent local reporter who covered the fire and police beat for many years. Another keepsake is a heart-felt letter from a family whose precious dog was saved from a house fire. In appreciation to the department, the family donated the pet resuscitation equipment and oxygen masks that are now fitted on the fire engines.
Another treasure housed at Central is the “36”, an antique Ford/Boyer fire engine purchased by the city back in 1936 for the sum of $3,450. The truck was in full-time service until the early 1960s, when it was replaced by a newer unit.
The “36” remained a backup unit for several years before being finally retired from city service and moved outside to make room for newer models as the fire department grew.
In 1996, the truck found a new home at the City Fleet Services shop, where staff members began a meticulous and skilled restoration process that was completed in early 1998. Thanks to the work of City employees, including Bobby Reese, Bill Brockman, Perry Ryan, Ronald Duncan and Jim Carroll, the “36” became a stunning example of Mount Pleasant firefighting history.
Today, the antique fire engine is still running and doing its part in fire prevention programs and city parades. It has also lent its historical importance to select funeral processions and wedding send offs.
Would you like to introduce your future generation to the dedicated men and women serving our community and experience the history of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department?
Just contact Lyndee Rodgers at (903) 575-4144 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about scheduling a tour!