Thursday, September 24, 2009

Very, Very Close Now!

We have been able to make great progress on Engine 11 and the completion is in sight. We need to install some chrome, rewire the lights and paint the wheels. Also, Dan Schulken will be starting his work shortly to get it lettered and striped. Take a look at the before and after photos here to really appreciate our progress.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Raising Engine 11" Update

Work continues on Engine 11 as we draw close to the completion of the project. We are now in the final stages of installing the hand rails, assembling the pump panel and preparing it for lettering and striping it with gold leaf.

Daniel Schulken, a CFD retiree known for his artistic work on many engines, trucks and cars of the Charleston Fire Dept. during his career, inspected Engine 11 last week in preparation for beginning his work. We are honored to have Dan become a part of this project. We have also started gathering much of the small equipment such as extinguishers, appliances and fittings that will adorn the running boards of the truck and we have been busy in the powdercoating shop refinishing much of it.

We are especially excited today as we received our new axes from the Liberty Art Works in Missouri with the Charleston 9 logo embossed in chrome. My wife, Marci-Jo and I are pleased to donate these two axes, one in memory of my Dad, Julian G. Mishoe, and the other in memory of Marci's Dad, Frank D.Bloodworth, both who had distinquished careers as Fire Chiefs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Charleston 9 Camaro Competes At Darlington!

On Saturday, September 12, the "Never Forget" Camaro and the MisFire Racing crew traveled to Darlington Dragway to compete in the Ironman Classic race. Transmission problems cut our day short but not before we made several runs. It is an honor for us to continue to display this car as a tribute to the Charleston 9 and to tell their story in their memory.

CFD Retirees Begin Christmas Toy Drive!

The quarterly meeting of the Charleston Firefighter Retirees' "Hooked Up" program was held on Thursday, September 10, at the Visitors' Center in downtown Charleston. Seventy-two people attended to enjoy a good meal and hear Chief John Tippett report on the progress of the department.

The retirees in attendance have begun a toy drive for "Debi's Kids" for the upcoming Christmas season. These retirees worked for many years selling candy and fruit cakes at Christmas to help under-privileged children and decided to help out once again. Debi Chard from Channel 5 will attend the December meeting to accept all of the toys and monetary contributions from the group. Debi has asked that the retirees attend a live remote at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on December 11 to turn in all of the toys collected. Anyone who would like to participate in this drive can donate a new unwrapped toy or write a check made payable to "Debi's Kids" Please call Gerald Mishoe at (843) 609-8300 and we will make arrangements to pick up your donation.