03/18/11 217 W - + 6 - 7 Reader Request For Elizabeth City Fire Department History

Reader Gary Fry in Bethesda, MD, is 64 years old and retired from the federal government. His grandparents were residents of Elizabeth City and he's been visiting Elizabeth City for, well, 64 years. His dad always took him to the local firehouse and it was a necessary ritual when he visited. One of the paid firefighters they saw them was a classmate of his mother, from Elizabeth City High School.

He remembers seeing the new fire station being built on Elizabeth Street in 1957 ($70,000) and the construction of the two substations on Halstead Boulevard and and Harney Street. He also remembers the closing of the Elizabeth Street station (also blogged about here). He can recall the old steam pumper Inez, the Virgina motorized pumper, the 1927 ALF, the 1940 Seagrave, and the Chevrolet pumper by Pasquotank County that served both the city and county.

Gary's witnessed many changes in Elizabeth City and has read about the volunteer companies Pasquotank and Camdem counites. He has very found memories of his visits, and he seeks any written history and photographs of the current fire companies. He's also seeking any current or past apparatus photos. Firefighter has been a lifelong interest and hobby, and he appreciates any response.

Gary Fry - firescaner "at" comcast.net

Worked at ECFD in the ’80s. Left there to pursue other career and have since moved to rocky mount,nc. Have recently joined a VFD there and reconnected witha friend or two from EC. They have sent me pictures of all the old trucks I used to drive/operate back in the day. These included a 1955 Howe Defender, which was made into a 1980 mack with a grumman fire pump, a 1977 ford with wxtended cab, a 1965 ford cabover, a 1972 ford cabover, a 1963 chevy cabover, 1954 american la france aerial, a 1977 ford tanker, a 1983 grumman with cincy cab. Dont know how many of these you may remember
william godfrey (Email) - 04/28/11 - 16:39

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