Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CFD Retirees' "Hooked Up" Meeting

Left to right: Dot Hutchinson, Chief Buddy Aytes, Joe Gregorie, Ricky Koger & David Smith

The first meeting of the CFD Retirees' "Hooked Up" program was held tonight at the North Charleston American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center. There were thirty-five people in attendance who enjoyed a buffet dinner served by A & M Brown's Barbeque in Moncks Corner. We all had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. We were happy to have Ms. DeLora Guthke in attendance. Chief Wilmot Guthke was Chief of the Department until his retirement in 1994. It was an honor to recognize Ms. Guthke as a former "First Lady" of the department. As I looked around the room, I realized that all of the retirees in attendance had served under Chief Guthke. Another person there tonight that brought back many fond memories for me was Sammy White. Sammy was the "wheel man" in the truck company back in my younger days and I remember visiting Coming Street station and admiring the pride Sammy and all of the others there had in their equipment and job. Many thanks to all who attended tonight with special thanks to my son, Capt. Grant Mishoe and my friend, Chief Joey Roberts, who gave their time and talent to make the Museum available for us. The next meeting of the "Hooked Up" will be held in early December when the wives of our retirees will be invited to join us. The time and place for that meeting will be announced near the end of November. We hope to have many more of our retirees join us then.


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