04/25/11 74 W, 2 I - + 11 - 2 Holly Springs Rural Fire Department

As photographed for the News & Observer on August 30, 1972. That's thirteen months after incorporation of the Holly Springs Rural Fire Department on July 21, 1971. Shown in front of their fire station on Avent Ferry Road are their first pieces of apparatus, a 1953 GMC tanker and a 1955 International tanker. No idea who is who. Closer view included, for those who recognize those pictured. Click to enlarge:

News & Observer photos

“Front row-Jimmy Holland, Wick Holland, Billy Boone, Jim Russell, Howard Weatherspoon, Second Row- Pete Brewer, Jerry Ellis, Floyd Whitaker, Jimmy Yarborough, John Holleman, Henry Cotton, Larry Bryant, James Issac, And not sure on the guy at the drivers door.” From Darrell Morton on Facebook. I was on Holly Springs Rural Fire Department from November 1990 until July 1995. Ray Thaxton was Chief with George Huegerich and Floyd Whitaker were Assistant Chiefs. The town sent us a certified letter in March of 1995, after purchasing a new Perice Dash engine for the department, severing ties, taking the new truck, and starting their own department of public safety as of April 1, 1995. I left in July after moving to Apex when I got married.
Donaldson - 04/26/11 - 22:29

Thanks Donaldson. I realize that I did have names for that picture, I just had to… look in my Raleigh/Wake County Firefighting books!

Page 95: “Holly Springs Fire Department, August 1972. Members of the new fire department pose in front of 1140 Avent Ferry Road. Built by the volunteers over a series of Saturdays, the cinderblock station first housed a 1953 GMC tanker (left) and a 1955 International tanker. Fire Chief Jimmy Holland, front row on left, is pictured with Pete Brewer, Jerry Ellis, Floyd Whitaker, Jimmy Yarborough, Jim Russell, Billy Boone, Wick Holland, Ray Thaxton, Wardell Greene, Charles Whitaker, Larry Bryant, Henry Cotton, and Howard Witherspoon. (N&O photograph.)”
Legeros - 04/27/11 - 06:50

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