A BIG thank you to all the members that showed up at former member BD Ladd’s place to work on Saturday, November 5th!
It was a major effort, but the barn was pretty well cleaned out of all the miscellaneous “stuff”. Trash & items of no value, with approval of the daughters, went into the dumpster. Then a Ford Galaxie Convertible with 4 totally flat tires; tires were pumped up and then was pulled out of the end bay and relocated to the center bay. The Ford was blocking access to the Dodge pumper. The Dodge pumper was then pulled to the front of the bay & is now accessible to anyone interested in buying it. All of the loose fire equipment was placed in a designated area outside and it became a BIG pile! An amazing amount of work was accomplished by lunch time.
About 20 folks showed up to work and we were all hungry and tired by mid day. The daughters ordered pizza & salad for all of us and provided cold bottled water throughout the day.
With the barn cleaned out, the ex-Chesterfield County 1940 GMC could now be removed. It was towed to the field and loaded on Mike Denbar’s trailer for the trip back to Chesterfield. The remains of the 1939 American LaFrance aerial ladder was relocated to the rear of the field beside the house and members removed a few parts of value so they could be securely stored with the rest of the fire equipment.
At the end of the day, an amazing amount of work had been accomplished and everyone had the opportunity to go through the fire equipment and purchase whatever they found they could use on their rigs.What was left was placed back into a secured storage area and there was still a lot of equipment left.
BD’s daughters were extremely thankful for all the help! They had no idea how they could ever manage all of “the stuff” as it seemed a daunting task. Now, it is in a manageable condition, even though they still have lots of work ahead of them, it now seems doable. Upon preparing to leave and say our good bys, the daughters and I shared memories of BD, hugs and yes, a few tears as well – they were so – so thankful for our help!