When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
 
211.  FIRE LOG 1974      

CHARLESTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE CREW GROWING

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EMT'S GRADUATE IN CEREMONY

        Even In the 40*s and 50's Mel Taylor helped on the ambulance when the funeral homes took care of the service in Charleston, I can remember that he worked for the Lewis Funeral Home on Monroe St., the 800 block. Back in those days transportation was the only service offered. Oxygen was added at some early time period. The crew of Charleston firemen and policemen was mentioned in the 1973 article, but January 1, their actual graduation occurred. Mel Taylor didn't quite graduate from Mattoon High School in the 30's, but attained quarter hours at Lake Land College. He was well versed in study, reading, writing and thinking skills. His education seemed to provide him with a better background than modern-day students. The graduates in Jan. of 1974 were Jack Turner and Daniel Hudson of the CPD and Eugene Hackett, Mel Taylor and Richard Craig of the CFD. Randall Gregg and William Stewart also graduated.

BETTY BOYER WRITES EDITORIAL
Betty Boyer was publisher and editor of the Charleston Times-Courier.

 

       Here is an editorial concerning the CFD in 1974, that Mrs. Boyer wrote about CFD firemen.

ON SHARING RIDES AND THANKING FIREMEN (Jan. 4, 1974 Times-Courier) by Betty Boyer

       "... And if doing your share or more makes people feel good, Charleston should have some happy firemen. Last night seven more graduated from the emergency medical training courses at Lake Land College. These boys stepped into a job they did not especially want, but the need for ambulance service was critical so they took it over and have done commendable work under less than ideal circumstances. I'm sure we all feel a little easier knowing we can call for an ambulance if we need to and we owe them our thanks. They have spent many hours of their own time studying and learning to assist the ill and injured properly, and while thank you'd are nice, Perhaps we should show a little of our gratitude in their pay envelopes.
Charleston's First EMT's from the Police and Fire Departments are pictured below:

 

CHARLESTON FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRST EMT CLASS 1974


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