York,PA. 2017 FAIR, Salute to Heroes Day 9/10/17, with "Johnny Gage"!

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Salute to Heroes Day at the 2017 York Fair started with an autograph session with Randolph Mantooth @ 11:00 a.m.; a rededication of the fairgrounds fire station, and a traditional firemen's parade.
Admission to the Fair was free to Fire, EMS,Police, Active Military or Veterans with proper I.D. resulting in a huge flood of visitors. The line for Mr. Mantooth's autograph quickly grew to over 100 people by 11:15, and continued until he became ill and fatigued around 1p.m. After about 2 hours rest, he rallied to attend a rededication ceremony at 3p.m., and rode in the parade at 4:30p.m.

My personal interaction with Mr. Mantooth was a great thrill, both as a fan of "Emergency" and his advocacy for fire/ems. Not only did he autograph 2 pictures I purchased there (proceeds to L.A. COUNTY FIRE Museum), he signed for free an "Emergency" comic book I had owned for 40 years, and posed for pics with me. He was assisted by a very nice woman, and there were assigned firefighters and police from the nearby agencies who all seemed quite thrilled also.
Mr. Mantooth had a grueling 8-hour autograph session on Saturday, and was noticeably tired on Sunday morning. He also has gone through a serious health crisis earlier this year.
It is sobering to see your childhood heroes start to age and then realize that you are not far behind... :'(
I will post pics of the events as they happened.

All images by Warren W. Jenkins except as indicated.

York Fair fire station/first aid center, built around 1950, not used in recent years. Officially reactivated this year, fair fire duty was provided by apparatus/members of 2 local vfds.
The replica Squad 51, owned by Ron Morin.
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Rededication of the fairgrounds fire station occurred at 3p.m, with appropriate ceremony, the number 51 in York County formerly belonged to the 20-years gone Grangeville VFD.
As seems to often happen during these events, fire trucks heading to a York City box alarm could be heard responding during the ceremony.
The apparatus bay can only hold 2 small pieces, wonder what was housed here in past years.

Ceremony in progress (York Dispatch)
Mr. Mantooth in attendance (York Dispatch)
The new station sign
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
The parade kicked off at 4:30pm, although emergency warning equipment use was restricted, 3 local high school band provided plenty of noise.
Randolph Mantooth got to ride in a classic 1952 WLF 500/300 pumper at the head of the parade, rig owned by the Shiloh VFC, in York County.

2 ladies carried the banner ahead of the rig although the word Marshal was mis-spelled. :-[
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
There was about 50-60 pieces of emergency equipment in the parade, along with 3 bands, floats, local and fair officials, fair queens, etc. made this parade bigger than some recent fire convention parades.
Here are a few of the antique rigs:
1945 MACK E TYPE 45 500/?, Dallastown,PA.
1931 Buffalo 500/200, West York,PA.
1984 CHEVY /Grumman 350/300, x-Capon Bridge,WVA.
 

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brucobuff

Assistant Chief
'Crickets' :eek:
4 more apparatus shots:
Dover Twp., RS9; 2011 Pierce Arrow XT
Loganville, E63-2; 2006 IH 4400/KME 1500/500
Friendship of Spring Grove, RS4; 1995 HME/Saulsbury/2016 PA FIRE APPARATUS, X-Singerly VFC of Elkton,MD.
Shiloh VFD E502 1997 Seagrave 1250/750
 

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