05/07/11 204 W, 3 I - + 2 - 5 Cary's 1953 Seagrave / Remembering Vernon Thompson


This morning's North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial procession of apparatus and honor guards included this 1953 Seagrave 70th Anniversary Series pumper from the Cary Fire Department. The open-cab beauty is powered by a 202 HP, 12-cylinder motor, has a 750 GPM pump and 500-gallon tank. It cost $15,000 and replaced a 1931 Chevrolet pumper that required hand-pushing at times. Click to enlarge:
 

 
The banner remembers Cary Firefighter Vernon Lee Thompson, 28, who was killed on June 16, 1960, when their 4,200-gallon tractor-drawn tanker overturned near Meredith College. Thompson and Firefighter Billy Henderson were responding to a rekindled trash near the Camp Polk prison dump. They had turned from Highway 1 onto a service road that rand between Meredith College property and the State College animal husbandry farm.

The tanker overturned and both were thrown from the cab. The truck rolled onto Henderson Thompson . He was pinned under the cab, and died after fuel leaking from the gas tank ignited. Funeral services were held on June 18 at Cary Baptist Church, with burial at Cary Cemetery the same day. Thompson was a volunteer member of the Cary Fire Department. Read more about Thompson and other line-of-duty deaths in Wake County. Click to slightly enlarge:


Raleigh Times photos
 





Thompson was the only one that died. He died waited on a wrecker to lift the truck off him. Henderson was thrown clear.
fire1983 - 05/07/11 - 15:52

I meant waiting on the wrecker..
fire1983 - 05/08/11 - 18:37

that is not Cary’s actual original truck, but one that was found and restored to mirror the original truck.

Glad to see it up and running!
little known fact - 05/10/11 - 10:28

I was wondering about that. I was thinking that the CFD Seagrave at one time had the original engine swapped out for a diesel.
DJ - 05/10/11 - 14:18



  
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