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Pioneer fire department members tell stories

June 10, 2008
By Dora Mose,
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Brighton Buzz column. And again, thank you to all who are enjoying my column. I’m receiving so many positive comments from so many of you.

Some birthday announcements for the month of June are:

=Cathy Bullis — June 7

=Tristen Bullis — June 16

=Danny Bullis — June 18

Reminder to all, if you’d like to have your birthday or anniversary date mentioned, please notify me at least a week in advance at the e-mail address listed with this column.


This week’s People of Brighton highlight is actually a group of people, who are responsible for the beginnings of the fire department as we know it now.

The group of folks who saw a need for a fire department in the town of Brighton and got one started were actually some college students attending Paul Smith’s College in 1966 — some young gents: George King, Mark Kelsey and Doug Chisholm, to name a few. In 2006, these gents and some others who came along in later years had a first meeting with most of us present fire department members and were told stories of how they saw that the closest fire-responding agency was from Bloomingdale, and how they felt they could help the cause by starting a fire department on campus for the service of the community of the town of Brighton.

These young men, and some women, were given the OK to go ahead and start a fire department but were told their schooling and studies came first, which is what they were at Paul Smith’s College for in the first place. At that first meeting, Doug Chisholm told how he and some others “found” a war-time pumper truck down an embankment. They were given permission to pull out the truck, and with some elbow grease and a lot of tenacity, young Doug and some others brought this old truck to life and named her “Sam, as we discussed last week.”

Sam, as she is affectionately called still today, is a 1942 Ford that was used during the war-time efforts. Reports have it that Sam was then used primarily on the Plattsburgh Air Force base.


This past Saturday, June 7, Paul Smith’s College held its Alumni Weekend, and some of the members of the present-day fire department were lucky enough to spend the day with some of these gentlemen who were celebrating their 40th year as alumni of PSC, and heard stories of the beginnings of how the fire department got its start.

Our hats go off to you, George, Markie, Doug and several others who got our ball rolling.


I would also like to pass along congratulations to George King, who was nominated as Alumnus of the Year from Paul Smith’s College.

You deserve it, George! Class of 1968.


Some other events upcoming in the town of Brighton are as follows:

=The weekend of July 20, the folks at the Moody Tree Farm will be hosting the annual Brighton History Day celebrations. This event is free and open to the public.

=The first weekend of August, Paul Smith’s College will be hosting its annual invitational canoe race on St. Regis Lake. For more information, call Jim Tucker at 327-3363.

=On Aug. 10, White Pine Camp celebrates its centennial. Details will be noted as we get closer to this date.


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