01/26/10 167 W, 2 I - + 12 - 7 Vehicle Versus EMS Station, 1987

The brown building on the southwest corner of McDowell and Martin streets? That's the original EMS Station 1, addressed 201 W. Martin Street and presently housing a limo company. For our younger readers, that's back when the ambulances were green and white. On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 26, a young lady driving north on McDowell Street apparently lost control of her 1980 Chevrolet. She smacked into the EMS station, and was injured.

The next day's Raleigh Times article did not specify the nature of her injuries. It is presumed, however, that she probably received immediate medical attention. The structure was built in 1925 and tax records show Firestone Tire & Rubber Company as the owner from 1938 through at least 1944. The county purchased the building in 1975, and it served as an EMS station until the Public Safety Center opened in 1991. As the old building sits precariously close to the roadway, such accidents probably happened more than once. Old-timers, please share stories accordingly. Happy Tuesday.

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