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Breaks my heart
#1115589 Sat Jul 25 2015 04:15 AM
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Got a call tonight from a central missouri funeral director. He seen our ladder truck at the local small town picnic a couple weeks ago and asked if I would set it up at the cementary where a 7 year old firetruck worshiper will be interned Sunday.
It's about a 100 mile round trip and I just don't trust going that far with it. This will be on my mind all weekend.
We'll see what happens.

Don

Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115599 Sat Jul 25 2015 04:56 AM
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Go for it!
God works in mysterious ways. You'll make it.


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Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115611 Sat Jul 25 2015 12:15 PM
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Don,
Taking the ladder truck would be the ultimate salute for that little boy and more importantly his family!
It's only 50 miles one way and I'm sure you'll make it! Plus I'm sure there will be a higher power riding shotgun.
I know if it were myself, I'd be there somehow someway. What a shame, 7yrs old!
I can't even imagine what his famy is going through
God speed my friend!
Jim


Jim Schmidt.
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1953 3800
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Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115612 Sat Jul 25 2015 12:21 PM
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Don,
one more thing, you probably know of another ladder truck in the area. With the two of you combined, make an arch for a proper salute. Or maybe contact the local FD and maybe they will help in that task!
Just a thought
Jim


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1953 3800
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Re: Breaks my heart
53 green 1- ton #1115631 Sat Jul 25 2015 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by 53 green 1- ton
Don,
one more thing, you probably know of another ladder truck in the area. With the two of you combined, make an arch for a proper salute. Or maybe contact the local FD and maybe they will help in that task!
Just a thought
Jim


Great idea. You should make it and you are retired. You have the time to deal with whatever comes up.

Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115648 Sat Jul 25 2015 04:39 PM
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Went to town this morning to see if I could get parts for a tune up. The Napa guys, who are in my opinion are the best, had to get the old books out. Cap and rotor are not avialable. The engine is running fine, but it has a drive train issue.
As for another ladder truck in this area, I know of none.
The funeral director said he has five old pumpers and also called the local fire department about setting one up. They said they would only do it, if it was an active member or a veteran.
I'll be under it today and see if I can help it any and will probably try getting it there anyway.
Oh, I made a mistake, the boy was only five years old.

Thanks for the encouragement and I'll update latter.
Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

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Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115656 Sat Jul 25 2015 05:30 PM
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Don, consider it an honour to be asked to do this. I know you'll try your best to be there. Good luck!

Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115745 Sun Jul 26 2015 04:53 AM
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Update
The wife and I got the buckets of soap and water out today and I will be headed to the celebration of life with the "flag pole".
Our neighbors son, owns a interstate big rig towing service and I know he will give us a good deal, if I do need a tow. I'll have his number with me.
I also will have my camera with me and post some pics from the top of the ladder.
It will be a hot ride, but well worth it and an honor.
Leo, Vicki said to say Hi!

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pix on Photobucket [s893.photobucket.com]
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115760 Sun Jul 26 2015 12:41 PM
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Don,
Been thinking about you all day yesterday. Your a good man!!
Best to you and Vicki!
Jim


Jim Schmidt.
Bucks County, Pa.
1953 3800
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Re: Breaks my heart
2-Ton #1115774 Sun Jul 26 2015 03:09 PM
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Let us know how it went.

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