Service Station Owner Proves to Be a Hero
When He Extinguishes Blazing Fire Truck
"It's an old saying among newspaper men that if a
dog bites a man, it is not news. But if a man bites a dog, well,
that is news.
"Proceeding on that theory then, it ought to be
news when a fire truck catches fire.
"While the new fire station is under construction
the two trucks are being kept under the shed near the plant of the Livingston
Gin Company. As the big truck is naturally hard to start even in
warm weather and extremely hard in cold weather, one of the city employees
has been putting an electric heater under the hood in order to keep the
engine and carburetor warm. Ever so often the engine would be started
and allowed to run for a while presumably in order to see if it could be
started all right.
"Tuesday morning, something went wrong with the
program of warming up, for while the motor was running and the electric
heater was on, gasoline in the carburetor caught fire and soon flames were
all over the inside of the hood.
"Elmer Bailey proved to be the hero of the occasion,
for seeing the flames from his filling station across the street, he seized
a hand extinguisher, rushed across the street and put out the blaze before
any great damage was done.
"A spokesman for the fire department stated Wednesday
that a special called meeting of the firemen might be held in the next
few days at which time resolutions will be passed asking that Mr. Bailey
be awarded a medal and urging city council to speed up construction work
on the new fire station."
THE POLK COUNTY ENTERPRISE
Thursday, November 9, 1933; Page-1
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