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    Default Canton Engine versus car

    Has anyone seen anything on the Canton, Ohio fire engine that struck a car on the way to an abandoned house fire today? I saw it breifly on the news. The woman is in critical condition I believe. The Engine had pretty good damge to the front end. No information on whether any firefighters were hurt yet.
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    Here is what I found in the news. There is a pic at the end of this. Glad our fellow firefighters are ok. My thoughts also go out to the family as well.

    Tragic end to wedding anniversary
    Friday, July 6, 2007
    By Lori Monsewicz
    Rod Druckenbrod, post commander of American Legion Canton Post 44 on Cleveland Avenue NW, talks fondly of his friend and fellow veteran, Dale A. Burlingame, who was killed Wednesday night in a crash with a city fire truck. Burlingame and his wife, Grace Burlingame, who was seriously injured in the crash, were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary at the legion hall just before the crash, Druckenbrod said.

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    CANTON A World War II veteran was killed and his wife critically injured Wednesday when their car was struck by a fire truck on the way to a vacant house fire.

    Dale A. and Grace Burlingame were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary, said friends at the nearby American Legion post they had just left.

    Dale Burlingame, 82, of Frazer Avenue NW, was pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center about an hour after the 7:40 p.m. wreck at Cleveland Avenue and 18th Street NW, said Police Chief Dean McKimm.

    His wife was initially treated at Mercy Medical Center, said Mercy spokeswoman Cindy Hickey. She was taken by emergency medical helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, and a MetroHealth spokesperson said at 10:30 p.m. that she remained in critical condition.

    Dale Burlingame was driving his van east on 18th Street when he turned north onto Cleveland, pulling into the path of a southbound fire truck. The truck, a pumper, was heading to a burning house, McKimm said. It hit the driver's side of the Burlingames' van.

    Fire Battalion Chief Gary Boone said firefighters were responding to a burning 2 1/2-story wood-frame vacant house at 410 Hoover Pl. NW. They arrived to find fire on the back of the house, extending to the eaves, and battled the blaze for 20 minutes before bringing it under control, he said.

    The cause of the fire remains suspicious and is under investigation by the fire department's Fire Prevention Bureau, Boone said. Damages were estimated at $20,000 to that house and $1,500 to the house next door, he said.

    No injuries were reported.

    The house, which court records say was owned by Vernon Cline, was in foreclosure in April, according to court records, and was scheduled for sheriff's sale Monday.

    Ron Druckenbrod, commander of American Legion Canton Post 44 at 1633 Cleveland Ave. NW, said that the Burlingames had just left the post before the crash. They had been at the legion hall for about an hour.

    "They stopped in here about every day," Druckenbrod said.

    He said the Burlingames had been coming to the hall since VFW Post 693 closed last year. Dale Burlingame was the quartermaster for the Floyd Hughes Post 693 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    When Burlingame and other veterans of Post 693 talked to The Repository in January 2006 about the closing, they spoke of the parties and bingo games that were popular there. They reminisced about times when membership was in the thousands, and Burlingame recalled sitting with his fellow vets in the post's "canteen," a cigar- and cigarette-smoke-filled room that included a long wooden bar, a pool table and a jukebox.

    Financial difficulties shut the post down.

    Members have been meeting monthly in other places since, Druckenbrod said.


    Druckenbrod pointed to the end of the bar at the American Legion where Dale Burlingame sat with his wife, Grace, for as much as a couple hours nightly. Burlingame always took the stool by his wife, who took the stool at the far end of the bar - the same place every visit, Druckenbrod said.

    "They'd get about two drinks each, and then they'd go," he said.

    Melvin L. Schlabaugh, president of the Greater Canton Veterans Council, said Burlingame was a Navy veteran.

    The couple's family could not be reached for comment. But friends spoke fondly of them.

    Joe L. Concatto Jr. described Dale Burlingame as "a very generous, committed and loyal person. If you're in a bad mood, you can sit next to him and he'll cheer you up in no time."

    He said the Burlingames were "two dynamite people. They're going to be very, very, very missed around here."
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