05/05/11 188 W - + 4 - 5 Interview with Cary Fire Chief Ned Perry, 1999

From a reader and for your weekend reading, here's an archived transcription of an interview with former Cary Fire Chief Ned Perry. He was chief of the department from 1975 until 1993, and came from the Raleigh Fire Department, where he was a Captain. When he came to Cary, as he recalls in the interview, the department had 14 paid members and 11 volunteers.

He recounts the growth the department, the building of stations, and the buying of apparatus. He remembers some unusual calls: a plane crash into a lake when he still worked for Raleigh, and a distraught man's bomb that killed himself and his wife in a lawyers office. And a host of other topics and remembrances.

Read the PDF-format transcription (find Perry's name and click the corresponding icon), written in 2001 from a 1999 recording for the Cary Heritage Museum Oral History Project. There's nothing so good as an oral history. And they're very easy to start doing. Yours Truly has been recording retired and retiring Raleigh firefighters for years now, as well as such former members as Chief Perry. No transcriptions just yet.

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