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1925 Mack Fire Engine from Springfield MA Fire Dept.Photographed at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA
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The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.
OLD NUMBER THREE
She sits at attention all polished and redWith much restoration she’s back from the dead
She drives in parades and the annual car showThis truck’s got a history that you need to know
She was first on the scene back in thirty-oneHer ten-man crew would get the job done
With two men in back and three on each sideAdrenaline pumping, they took it in stride
Her bell rang out loud as the siren roaredFacing the danger that couldn’t be ignored
The old carpet mill had burst into fire Twenty were trapped and the outlook was dire
With no hesitation they crashed through the gateThere one thought was rescue, no fear for their fate
With latters and axes they breached the side doorThrough darkness and smoke they reached the third floor
To a broken glass window they cleared out a pathAll twenty escaped from the fiery wrath
As the last frightened sole came down the latterThe rescue teams fate was a much different matter
The third floor gave-way, ten heroes’ were lostOn that day freedom came at a great cost
On the tenth day of June they ring the church bellOne ring for each of the brave men that fell
Protecting our lives and making us freeThey were the hero’s from Old Number Three
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Incredible work and poem Flyrod!! :)
Thanks very much Keith.
Excellent,….Enjoyed the story too,…
Thanks very much John
Great tribute to firemen. I think most often taken for granted. You post work is always a pleasure to view.
Thanks very much Paul
Beautiful capture. Thanks for sharing the poem, truly inspirational.
Thanks very much Steve
Love what you have done with this. Standout work!
Thanks very much Stuart.