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1916 Lexington fire engine’s semi-retirement, 1962

Posted on September 13, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Old Engine No. 1 left Central Fire Station January 12, 1962 on its way to semi-retirement. The engine was given by the Fire Department to the Lexington Recreation Department to be used summers at the city playgrounds for children to climb on. Fireman Conrad Wells is in the driver's seat, and Fireman Raymond Stamper is beside him. Getting a free ride on the running board are Kime Tice Daniel, Debbie Watts and Stephen Wise. W.H. Brown, left, maintenance foreman of the recreation department, and Fire Chief HlL. Petit, watched the engine leave. The engine didn't run, but it was to be pulled from playground to playground during the summer and left at each  for four or five days. The engine was purchased in 1916 for $13,000 and made all major fire runs from then until 1949. Published in the Herald-Leader January 14, 1962. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Old Engine No. 1 left the Central Fire Station on East Third Street on Jan. 12, 1962, on its way to semi-retirement. The engine was given by the Lexington Fire Department to the Lexington Recreation Department to be used summers at the city playgrounds for children to climb on. The engine didn’t run, but it was to be pulled from playground to playground during the summer and left at each for four or five days. The city bought the engine in 1916 for $13,000, and it made all major fire runs from then until 1949. Believe it or not, this 100-year-old engine is still around. A group of firefighters restored it a few years ago and even had it running. It’s on display at the Lexington Fire Training Academy on Old Frankfort Pike. Fireman Conrad Wells is in the driver’s seat, and Fireman Raymond Stamper is beside him. Getting a free ride on the running board are Kime Tice Daniel, Debbie Watts and Stephen Wise. W.H. Brown, left, maintenance foreman of the recreation department, and Fire Chief H.L. Petit watched the engine leave. Published in the Herald-Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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