I was reminded again recently of the never yielding dedication of our fire/rescue and EMS personnel that serve us so well. My four-year-old granddaughter Everlee loves fire trucks. I mentioned to her that the Spencer Train Museum (she also loves trains) would be hosting a Fire Truck Show where they would be exhibiting fire trucks and rescue vehicles with some very old apparatus on display. So, off we went for what she calls “a Paw Paw Adventure”!
RB Knight and Everlee (Age 4)
My daughter Emily, Everlee’s mother, and I took the train ride, explored the museum and looked over the display of fire apparatus from another era, which Everlee loved. Just before we were to leave we noticed some guys gathering children up for something. It was an obstacle course designed to teach children how to properly exit a burning house. I later learned the city of Salisbury brought the department’s Smoke House to teach fire prevention and safety.
Everlee dove right in. She learned not to touch the door handle because it could be hot, how to open the door avoiding that hot door knob, to crawl low under the smoke and many other tips that could save her life one day and information she could pass on to her friends. As we drove away I thought of first responders and how their job is never done and how they work daily to keep us safe.
It is indeed an honor for us at The Journal to provide the superior products we do to help and serve these everyday heroes who NEVER STOP GIVING!
God bless you all.
RB Knight, Publisher
Back Shop Fire Trucks
Last February the North Carolina Transportation Museum opened the Back Shop Fire Trucks display featuring the museum’s collection of fire trucks from the 1910s through the 1960s. Fire trucks displayed include:
- 1917 Brockway
- 1922 American LaFrance
- 1929 Ford Model AA
- 1948 Mack
- 1955 American LaFrance
- 1966 Ford fire truck
The exhibit also includes hose reels, fire hydrants and donations of turnout gear from area fire departments that are used each weekend to allow kids to learn how firefighters do their job. The summer truck show was planned to coincide with the exhibit.
The cities of Salisbury, Concord and Kannapolis were represented, the towns of Spencer, East Spencer, Cleveland, Granite Quarry and Faith, along with the Locke, Miller’s Ferry, Cold Water, Woodleaf and Ellis Fire Departments. The Rowan Rescue Squad and the Forestry Service was also on hand, along with the Society for the Preservation and Appreciate of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus of America with fire trucks from collectors.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum is located at 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer, North Carolina, 704-636-2889 or visit www.nctrans.org.