COMMISSIONER DAN THORNBURGH CALLS FOR AMBULANCE VOTE
January 9, 1974, the ambulance service in the fire
department was going strong, but the commissioner thought
such an important issue should be given a vote by
referendum. He told the council that "they need to get an
indication from the people about how to spend their money. I
want their opinion." The council agreed and set up a
resolution calling for a referendum. Obviously the
referendum passed, the ambulance service celebrates its 20th
anniversary at the time of this writing (1994).
SHARON BENNETT HOME BURNS
1974 the large two story home of Mrs. Sharon Bennett at 302
4th St. suffered damage to a second story bedroom and minor
damage to the attic. Chief George Milliner said the 1:00
P.M. fire "apparently started from
or something in the bed and then spread throughout the room
and into the attic." No one was injured in the blaze.
MARCH 29, 1974 ALARM TO
A popped steam valve triggered an alarm at the EIU campus.
HIGH SCHOOL LOUNGE BURNS
prevented a serious fire by dousing a fire in the teachers'
lounge. The alarm was April 19, 1974, and was reported at
4:45 A.M. after a CPD officer noticed it. The lounge was
completely gutted, with some damage to adjoining
classrooms. The entire building was engulfed with smoke.
Captain Wayne Hampton received a laceration on the hand from
a piece of broken glass. He was treated & released at
Charleston Hospital. The lounge door was closed and saved
the rest of the building from fire.