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    Default chiefengineer11 marks **50** years of ACTIVE service.....

    -Figured I would post this here, in the apparatus forums, where his friends, fellow greasemonkeys, wrench-turners, and friction-loss guru's hang out.....

    Last evening, at the annual dinner banquet of the Bryn Athyn Fire Company (Montgomery County, Pa. Company 11) I had the honor and pleasure of being the Master of Ceremonies for the main feature of the night- Honoring my Father- Chief Engineer 11 for FIFTY years of ACTIVE service to the Bryn Athyn Fire Company. Dad joined at the age of 17 in 1857. (errr ahh excuse me, 1957.)

    Dad was honored by the Mayor with some kind words, a Pa. House of Representatives Commendation was presented by our local Representative, Mr. Tom Murt, and I also presented Mrs. Chief Engineer 11 with a dozen roses for "putting up with it all", for this April 21 marks 45 years of wedded bliss for the two lovebirds.

    Then of course, the roast. I sincerely hope he didnt think he was getting off lightly with some nice words from some politicians. A few amateur comedians came out the woodwork to help roast my old man. A few dinosaur jokes were thrown out, someone mentioned something about Geico Cavemen, a bunch of old fires were brought up, and someone even pulled a trump card out of their hat, that being something about an ambulance being wrecked on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia in the 1960's???????? Someone also made mention that Dad HATES when he misses the piece- but there is one thing he hates more than that- when he misses the piece and I wave at him from the driver's seat as we pull out

    But the highlight of the night, in my opinion, came when Dad was told, by the Chairman of the new pumper committee, that the new Toyne Pumper, (that you all have heard so much about here over the last year or so) is being dedicated to him.

    A Bell has been mounted on the bumper, with the following engraving: "1957-2007, 50 years of active service, Chief Engineer 11."

    It was his night. This is his thread. Yes, he's my father, but not for nothing, I dont care who you are, 50 years is some kind of stuff!
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    Wink 50 Years

    Best Of Luck And Continued Service For Sam From Engineer 3 And The Elkins Park Fire Company!

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    Great story Buff, thanks for sharing!

    Congrats chiefengineer11, that's one hell of a milestone!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    A few dinosaur jokes were thrown out, someone mentioned something about Geico Cavemen...
    You mean this guy....???




    Looks like you're still in pretty good shape up there...

    Congrats on 50 yrs, ChiefEngineer.
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    Congratulations on 50 years of service ChiefEngineer11.

    I hope I can still provide the same thing to the younger FF's as you have. My son has also taken up FF. And learning from "The OLD Man". I only have to go another 15 yrs. to make it 50.

    Again Congratulations on the first 50, keep going and enjoying what you love to do.

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    CE11,

    Congrats on Fifty years!!!!

    Buff,

    Thanks for shareing the story.

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    Well that seals it - in Indy I will have to purchase Sam at least one round of his favorite liquid treat (you may not prefer liquor, so whatever - there's a Steak n Shake downtown so it could be a milkshake for all I care) in honor of what I think is worthy of so much more. My hat's off to you sir...

    Our longest guy has 40+ years on, and I have a long, long way to go before I hit fifty. Maybe I could touch the bell since the rig will be on display at Indy and some of that longevity will wear off on me.
    "Share your knowledge - it's a way to achieve immortality." - Stolen from Chase Sargent's Buddy to Boss program

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    Congratulations! I have only seen a couple of people, (My Dad and one other guy.) who served that long. Both answered their final alarm a few years back now.

    I look forward to your posts because they have experience and common sense in the information. I just did not realize how much "experience" that was.

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    Congratulations ChiefEngineer11. A job well done and I call that dedication. WOW 50 years is really something.

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    congrats CE11

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    Now that is the coolest !!!!!!!!!!! Congrats !!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Default Chief Engineer 11

    Well deserved Sam! Congratulations. It wasn't mentioned but it is certainly testimony the way you have always been willing to share your extensive knowledge and help others. I'm sure HOBO would agree. Watch the Geico Guys!
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    Default Thanks to all

    Friends from around the country, the continent and the world, thanks to all of you. Your kind words and thoughts will always stay with me. I gotta tell you, it has been and with any luck, continues to be the ride of a lifetime. I remember my first (official) run like it was yesterday. It was a field fire (we did have them once), not much, but it was a run, anyway.

    At our annual banquet I expected that they'd make some mention of it as they were handing out the various length of service pin awards. I can tell you, I was totally unprepared for what Buff and others put together. At the end of it all he hands me the mike like I'm supposed to say something. All I managed was something like, "That's an awful lot of fuss to make over someone who's just been hanging out having a good time."

    Your words reinforce just how special it is to be part of the fire service family.

    Joel, you know I'll be looking for you in Indy. You, too, Tony.

    Stay safe out there, everyone goes home!

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    You still haven't told me how much coal you had to shovel in one hour into the firebox of that 1898 Silsby when it was pumping at full capacity.....
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    Chiefengineer11:

    Congratulations on your 50 years of dedicated service!

    I was able to check out your new rig last week during Toyne's National Sales Meeting at it looks really sharp, especially the bell on the front dedicated to Sam. I do not think that you or the members of Bryn Athyn will be disappointed.

    Good luck and I hope to see you in Indy!

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    what a great story!!!!! congrats

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    CE11,

    Congrats. I didnt know you were that old! To everyone here, CE11 has sent me a great deal of info when I was working on writing specs for a new engine. He is a generous and helpful man and I always look to see what he has to say on these forums.

    Thanks Sir.

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    Default A milestone I would love to attain myself

    I am curious just how much he has aged the past few weeks, as most of you know CE11 pushed his duplex so hard it blew an oil cooler line and he had his own emergency at the scene of a good sized fire.This has been mild compared to the turmoil he has endured driving a past/future beer can. I am sure he has been grinding his teeth everytime the bell hits and he has to get into the loaner. FWD Buff says it runs good, but this from the guy who has a chip implanted from Clintoville and drinks She-grave kool-aid.

    All kidding aside congradulations Sam, 50 years is a great legacy of service.


    FWD do you think it is mail time?
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    Default Running 3rd

    It's running 3rd, behind our '78 Hahn and the Special Service. All things considered though, it's a decent piece. EP has always written a good spec and taken good care of what they have. They have it for sale, and in the right environment it would fit in very well. Just turned 9,000 miles.

    Thanks for the kind words. Stay safe out there, everyone goes home!

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    TAAAA-DAAAAA.....The aforementioned bell, on the new 2007 Toyne/Spartan pumper.
    Last edited by FWDbuff; 06-06-2009 at 08:26 PM.
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