Ladders tower at fire parade

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

October 21, 2013

Fire officials put on a show Saturday with their fire trucks, and it was all for a good cause.

More than two dozen fire trucks and additional sport utility vehicles made their way to the fourth annual Fire Truck Parade for Fire Prevention Week.

Though skies were overcast, enthusiasts were not bothered by the weather.

“This is great. It’s like a real car show, but better,” said teen John Samuels of Jonesville.

“I’m pleased,” said Elkin Fire Department Chief Tommy Wheeler. “The kids are having fun and it’s all for a great cause.”

“I want to go up there,” said Lukas Garris, 4, of Jonesville, who was admiring a ladder lifted more than 100 feet into the air.

The parade was held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, which was held on Oct. 6-12.

This year’s fire prevention theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

The fire trucks departed Memorial Park Drive at 2 p.m. The trucks traveled along West Market Street and traveled up North Bridge Street and parked adjacent to Belk and Ingles.

Along the route, Elkin vehicles pulled to the side of the road. Pedestrians started waving when they realized the “siren-mania” was all part of a non-emergency parade.

At the parking lot, some children were observed climbing onto some trucks (with supervision), jumping in a bounce house and taking family pictures.

This year’s parade organizers were Elkin’s Chief Tommy Wagoner and Lt. David Wagoner, Lanny Whitaker and C.C. Camp Volunteer Fire Department’s Dustin Murphy.

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