When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
219.  FIRE LOG 1975      
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February 11- Capt. Taylor responds on "False Alarm Occurrences at EIU"

February 15- Lincoln Fire Protection District receives new fire trucks

April 14, 1975- Apartment house fire at 1539 9th St.

May 8- Fire at Charleston Charleston Grain Elevator, 9:06 A.M.

June 5, 1975- Capt. Gene Hackett and Assistant Chief Mel Taylor become certified fire instructors; All CFD men pass the 200 hour Basic Fire Fighter Certification program taught by Assistant Chief Mel Taylor

June 7- McNamer train/car collision

June 16- Special article on fireman Larry McGinness

June 19,1975- Chief George Milliner retires July 26th, Melvin H. Taylor appointed Chief

August 1— Retirement dinner for Chief George Milliner

August 8- Mormons to paint fire hydrants

August 20— Charleston Fire/Police Association accept donation for 4th of July celebration

September 4- EIU Health and Safety committee headed by Safety Director Bruce Michael meets to establish fire safety guidelines for dormitories

September 16- Residential fire at Mullins home at 108 1st St


September 17- Mayor Bob Hickman officially appoints Melvin Taylor as Fire Chief.  Political haggling is over.

September 24- Trailer fire at Decker Springs Mobile Home Park, called in at 2:00 A.M.

September 28— Residential fire at 205 9th St.

October 7— Fireman Bill Bradley & Lincoln School fire drill and truck demonstration

October 25- Old Lawes Hotel at 5th & Jackson to be refurbished according to fire safety list

November 4— Residential fire at Ruth Fowler residence (trailer fire) at Decker Springs Park; 3 children killed in fire

December 2- Charleston McDonalds opens

December 4- Charleston Fire & Police Board announce fireman's examinations

December 8- Charleston Long John Silvers opens

December 27— Howard B. Taylor (son of Chief Melvin Taylor & the author of this book) marries Sandra J. Grubb in Charleston

December 31- Otterbein United Methodist Church basement fire, 6th & Harrison


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