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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Christopher James Roy

Christopher James Roy

Calera Fire & Rescue suffered a huge loss when firefighter Chris Roy died in the line of duty while responding to a call Monday morning.

Chris will receive a full firefighter's funeral. The funeral will be Thursday, December 1, at 11am at Concord Baptist Church off Highway 22 in Calera.

Concord Baptist Church
11215 Highway 22
Calera, AL 35040
(205) 668-0869
Street Map

Below is the story from AP:

Calera firefighter dies after firetruck hits 18-wheeler
11/29/2005, 7:59 a.m. CT
The Associated Press

CALERA, Ala. (AP) — Citizens in Calera are mourning the death of one of their firefighters. 25-year-old Christopher James Roy was killed Monday morning when a fire truck he was driving slammed into an 18-wheeler.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. near Shelby County 87 and the Interstate 65 South exit ramp.

Calera Fire Chief Tommy Moon said at the time of the crash Roy was responding to an emergency call. State Troopers are trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Roy was the grandson of Calera's mayor, George Roy.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Antique Apparatus - Part 2

Antique Apparatus Around Town

Below are a few pictures of antiques seen around Birmingham. These were taken at the Irondale Fire Prevention Week.

This hand drawn hose cart is owned and displayed by LT Graham, a Vestavia Hills firefighter. I had the pleasure of talking with LT Graham during both the 2004 and 2005 displays and the conversation with him was as interesting as the display.

Along with his cart display, LT Graham had a picture of the 1900 Avondale Fire Department (before they became Birmingham) and a fact sheet about the hose cart...

Wirt & Knox Mtg. Co. Hand Cart
Original Owner: Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Co., circa 1929
Wheel Height: 54"
Tread: 61"
Extreme Length: 104 1/2"
Weight: 317 lbs.
Hose Capacity: 500' of 2 1/2" double jacket hose
36" Pry Bar, Fire Axe, Hose Roller, Tool Box

Fact Sheet Credit: William Graham

Unfortunately, I don't know much about this one...