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Old 10-17-2010, 01:27 AM
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one more of them. this one was offered on e-bay a few years back.
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What it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in rarity:

Knapp Creek, NY
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Terry Lange's photo showing the '50's GM Civil Defense Sedan Delivery brought back a distant memory. When I was VERY young, my father was a member of the New Britain (CT) Civil Defense. He was asked to drive a very similar Sedan Delivery truck in the local Memorial Day parade. I went with him to pick the truck up, at downtown fire station #1, the evening before.

Not having driven the truck before, dad pondered just how to start it. There were two buttons, one on the dash, one on the floor next to the accelerator. Dad chose the button on the dash to "start" the truck, but instead the mighty Federal siren started screaming, bringing all the firemen to the garage, most of them laughing at dad's mistake. He was thoroughly embarrassed, but I loved the sound, so I thought it was cooool. I also thought it was neat riding with dad, driving such a "big" truck. This may have planted the seed of my interest in big trucks, fire trucks included. Tom
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Our '60 Flxible Buick ambulance:
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Very nice 1959 Barnett/Buick...needs whitewalls and curtains!

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Brown F.H. (Tulsa, OK)
1959 Comet/Buick

One of my favorite pictures, this girl was caught on a run in 1963 by a Tulsa newspaper photographer. Sold in 1966 to the then-new Butler F.H. (also in Tulsa), it was soon replaced by a 1967 Plymouth wagon. All three beacons and the whistle were moved over to the Plymouth.

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Butler's sold the Buick to a firm in Iola, KS, where a Q2B and a single #17 were installed. The second photo shows how I found her in 1993, sitting behind a house in rural Woodson County, KS.

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When I visited the Sheffield F.H. (Port Neches, TX) in 1989, they were all but out of business. None of the cars in their garage had been started in a long time; none of them would the day I was there, either. The funeral cars were a 1969 Fleetwood 75 and a 1964 Royale Limousine combination. Their ambulances were these 1962 and 1963 Flxette combinations. A few years after I took these pictures they were purchased by ambulance operator/PCS member Steve Diamond, who later traded them in to an ambulance dealer. The last I heard, they had been sold to a theme park near Mansfield.

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When I visited the Sheffield F.H. (Port Neches, TX) in 1989, they were all but out of business. None of the cars in their garage had been started in a long time; none of them would the day I was there, either. The funeral cars were a 1969 Fleetwood 75 and a 1964 Royale Limousine combination. Their ambulances were these 1962 and 1963 Flxette combinations. A few years after I took these pictures they were purchased by ambulance operator/PCS member Steve Diamond, who later traded them in to an ambulance dealer. The last I heard, they had been sold to a theme park near Mansfield.

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My dad grew up in Port Neches and told this story many times; He was born and raised in a small house just a couple of blocks away from Sheffield's FH. One day when he was in his late teens he heard the Sheffield ambulance coming down the street and went out in the front yard. Mrs. Sheffield was driving and was alone in the rig. Upon seeing my dad by the street she slammed on the brakes, stopped and hollered for him to come over to the car. She told him to jump in because she was by herself and had a patient that she needed help unloading when they got to the hospital. When my dad got in he asked where Mr. Sheffield was. Just as he finished speaking Mr. Sheffield raised up off of the cot in the back and slurred out "here I am boy" and soon passed out again. Seems Mr. Sheffield had partaken of the spirits a little too much and bloodied his melon in a tumble.

That was the end of my dad's ambulance career. My dad passed away last year and I miss him greatly but that story always brings around a smile.
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