In a flash, I thought, I wondered if Bill could get cannon for me. I called him back and made that request He said, "A what?" After I explained what I wanted it for he said he would see what he could do. Shortly, he called back and told me I would soon be getting a call from Major General Rasmussen, the Chief of Army Ordnance. It may sound strange in 2007, but that was how Bill McCullough operated as our Representative to Congress. Personal notes and phone calls were his stock in trade.
About the same time we came to realize that we needed a vehicle. Dick Hole II (GHS 55) was my law partner, and also the new mayor's Safety Director. Doc Hathaway had died, in my arms, giving a speech at a political meeting on the eve of the election a couple of years before; I think that was in 1968. Dick told me the Quad was about to go to heaven because the engine had blown again and the City Council had agreed to replace the truck. The Tidal Wave went to the council meeting and explained our need and what we were trying to accomplish. They agreed to sell it to us for one dollar, but we had to tow it away. That dollar was raised by taking a jug to the high school and putting it into the Principal's office and asking for donations of one red cent, a penny. No dimes, no nickels, just pennies. We picked up the jug and it was full. We took 100 pennies to Gene Gruber, the City Auditor for payment of the fire truck. The balance went to the Community Chest That way every kid who put in a penny thought he/she had a share of the truck. It worked.
The "Greenie" is located over the former pump outlet. The bed is part of the remodeling process by Herb McClain and was originally where the hose, ladders and chemicals were stored. We left the dials and pump controls simply because there was no reason not to. The rest is "original" as we got the truck. The bubble gum machine revolving tight was a fire department add on, the siren was original as were the spot lights.