12/31/09 164 W, 1 I - + 12 - 9 Former Wendell Fire Chief Featured

From a reader, former Wendell Fire Chief Dover Hinton is featured in this week's Eastern Wake News. Hinton, who came to town in 1936 as a young man looking for work, began his career as a grocer. After serving in World War II, he owned and operated a cleaners for nearly 38 years. He served in the fire department-- joining in the day when car and truck-drawn hose reels were still used1-- and later  became the department's third chief. He also served on the town's Board of Commissioners. He is 97 years old. Read the nice article.

Wendell Fire Department Photo

1The Wendell Fire Department was one of the county's early "town" fire departments, along with Apex, Cary, Fuquay Springs, Wake Forest, and Zebulon. They also had one of only three electric telegraph fire alarm systems in the county, along with Raleigh and Wake Forest. Read some history that Mr. Blogger compiled some years back.

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