When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
209.  FIRE LOG                  


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January 1,1974- Tom Watson appointed Ambulance Service Supervisor; Ceremony for EMT graduates of Charleston Fire/ Police Department: Jack Turner, Daniel Hudson, Mel Taylor Eugene Hackett, Randall Gregg, William Stewart and Richard Craig, (announced of their completion of requirements in 1973)

January 4- Betty Boyer, Times-Courier Publisher and Editor gives praise to EMT graduates

January 9— Rural residential fire at Kenneth/Joan Doemelt, on Decker Springs Road-- No response by CFD was made (out of city limits)

January 9- public referendum on City Ambulance Service

January 11- Capt. Gene Hackett trains Addressograph-Multigraph plant fire brigade

January 23- Fire Department helps squelch an insurrection at the County Jail

January 35- Residential fire at Bennett home, 302 4th St.

March 19- CFD checks EIU campus during "familiarization tour of buildings for new firemen

March 29- Alarm to Coleman Hall at EIU; steam valve popped & caused a heat alarm to go off

April 9- Mel Taylor attended a "Team Approach" trauma workshop at Champaign

April 10- Coles County Board purchases heart-lung resuscitators- CFD ambulance technician Paul Cottingham makes demonstration for board; fire alarm at Charleston High School, teachers' lounge gutted


April 19- High School teachers lounge burns

April 20- CFD, Mel Taylor, Assistant Chief takes part in organizing Charleston Clean-up week


May 4- Residential fire, Duffet home at 909 Coolidge (mix-up on address reported, delay in trucks arriving), burned to the ground

May 3- Pemberton Hall basement fire on EIU campus

May 9- New American-LaFrance pumper arrives for service

May 10- Vice President Ford makes an appearance at EIU Lantz Gymnasium; CFD plays an important role in organizing his visit

June 2— Residential fire at Jasper Brookins home, 221 W. Harrison, major damage

July 10- EMT graduation ceremony at Lake Land College, graduates from Charleston were: Gary Davidson, Lester Lee, Larry McGinness, and policemen, Terrence Madsen and David D. Sanstrom

July 12- Ammonia tank overturns at 4th & Madison, owned by Eubank & Sons Fertilizer

July 19- Railroad explosion at Decatur

August 9- President Nixon resigns, Gerald Ford becomes 38th President

November 13— New modular ambulance received by city, Tom Watson, Chief Emergency Medical Technician displays the new unit

December 21- CIPS gas main ruptures at University Drive and Grant Ave



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