Easy Company Fire Station 3
McKinney, TX - August 10, 2002
On August 10, 2002, McKinney, TX Fire Station 3 held an open house
and dedication to the men of Easy Company, 506th PIR, WWII.
|Standing in the fire engine bay, (L-R):
[grandson of T/4 Eugene Roe, Sr. (Medic, E Co, 2nd, 506th PIR)];
Easy Company veterans Ralph Spina (Medic), Denver
"Bull" Randleman, and J. B. Stokes; Sergio Troiani,
and his daughter Marissa Troiani.
|Speakers for the dedication included (L-R):
McKinney Fire Chief Mark Wallace,
who presented the three Easy Company veterans with dedication plaques; McKinney
Mayor Don Dozier; and (at microphone) Texas Congressman Sam Johnson, who, as
a USAF colonel, was held captive in Vietnam for 7 years.
|Cermonially pushing the 52,000-pound Aerial Ladder
Fire Engine back into the bay are
(L-R): Congressman Sam Johnson; Ralph Spina; J. B. Stokes; District III City
Councilman Gabe Nesbitt; District I City Councilwoman Gilda Garza;
Denver "Bull" Randleman; and Fire Chief Mark Wallace.
This is a very old firehouse tradition, and it is considered a great honor to be the person
pushing the apparatus into the bay. Back in the days before mechanized equipment, the
old steamer pumps were horse-drawn. When a station received new equipment, there
would be a station dedication where the equipment would be backed into the station for
the first time. Since horses had a hard time going backwards when hooked up to a
steamer pumper, the equipment was pushed in, and so the tradition continues.
|Chris Langlois [grandson of T/4
Eugene Roe, Sr. (Medic, E Co, 2nd BN,
506th PIR)] brought the
Sink Grail by the Fire Station after the 2002 E Company, 2nd Battalion 506th Reunion and
before he shipped the Grail back to the Republic of Korea. Chris was the one who took
the initiative to secure the Grail as a surprise for those attending the Easy Company Reunion