04/23/10 272 W, 2 I - + 2 - 4 Lee County Defense Rescue Unit


For your Friday enjoyment, here's a nifty photo of a civil defense rescue squad from Sanford circa 1962 or 1963. The truck is labelled Lee County Defense Rescue Unit, and saw service in an American Legion Post-sponsored rescue squad agency, it appears. The photo was found in an unlabelled scrapbook of the North Carolina Civil Defense Administration and by historian Frank Blazich. We've blogged about him before, and his blog about state civil defense history.

The picture appears in his 2008 thesis from North Carolina State University titled Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: The North Carolina Civil Defense Agency and Fallout Shelters, 1961-1963. Click to view the NCSU library holding record, as well as the 208-page document itself. The document's chapter on the Cuban Missle Crisis was subsequently published in an issue of the North Carolina Historial Review.

(Last year, Yours Truly consider submitting my monograph Birth of a Fire Department to the journal, but ultimately declined. They assume copyright ownership of the piece, which wasn't wanted. That's probably the only historical piece of mine that's publication-worthy, with the requisite citations and editorial style and such.)

What's the history of the Lee County rescue squad? Perhaps readers can add details. Civil Defense rescue squad units were common across the country in the 1950s and 1960s. Heck, the Raleigh Fire Department operated one for many years. Next step, start thinking about the future of my research. Maybe graduate studies are in my future. Sure looks like a fun challenge, researching and writing a thesis on local or state fire department history. Maybe in my fifties. Click to enlarge this neat photo:
 







  
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