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Monday, November 22, 2010

CFD Presents 80 Years of Fire Engine History


(Charlotte, NC) On Saturday November 20th, 2010 the Charlotte Fire Department presented a live demonstration and display of its fire engine history spanning over 80 years of service. Fire Chief Jon B. Hannan, Command Staff, firefighters, family members, and friends gathered to enjoy the display of vintage fire trucks once in service for the Charlotte Fire Department. Watch as retired Captain Clifford Grayson pumps 'Old Sue' Engine 3, a rare 1902 American Fire Engine Company, Metropolitan Model Horse Drawn Steamer, 108 years after she was purchased. In addition to 'Old Sue' were a 1928 American LaFrance pumper, a 1948 Mack pumper, a 1958 Bullet-nose Seagrave pumper, and a 1971 Seagrave pumper. All of these apparatus were purchased new and served on the front lines for the City of Charlotte. Retirees Oscar White and Artie Baker share their experiences riding on some these vintage fire apparatus.

Eternally devoted to duty and service,

Mark Basnight | Captain
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