The St. Francis Hook & Ladder joins in celebrating the 95th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire. Members of the St. Francis raise the 550 lb. 65 extension ladder on 0513 hours on April 18, 2001.
|By Paul Barry|
|The ladder crew foreman was retired A/C Al DaCunha with F/F Larry McDonnell, Truck 16, climbing the ladder to place the American flag at the top. With a ceremonial wave of his helmet to the enthusiastic crowd of 500, he was over the top and down the backside of the ladder. Sirens wailed, bells pealed and air horns blasted as he descended to the complete enjoyment of the crowd.
An historic first occurred at this raining of this 1925 vintage ladder. For the first time in the history of the SFFD, women firefighters were part of the crew. On the poles were F/F Sig Wallen, E10 and F/F Tracy Cavaretta, E20. They did a superb job and are a welcome addition to this event.
The church raise of this ladder has become a hallmark of St. Francis Hook & Ladder and more raises are planned for events scheduled this year.
One of the original members of the St. Francis Hook & ladder was Donna Ewald Huggins all dressed up as Lily Hitchcock Coit.
Many thanks to Christine Torrington and Pete Howe for the great pictures.
St. Francis Hook & ladder Society is actively seeking new members. We encourage you to join us. Send $25.00 to:
Team Roster 65 Ladder Raise18 April 01
Al DaCunha, Foreman
Paul Barry, E10
Larry McDonnell, T16 (Climber)