Pamplin Media Group – 1996: ‘Fireman Dave’ honored in schools


1946: Oregon launches “Don’t Let Death Take Your Vacation” campaign to prevent vehicle crashes during Christmas vacation

95 years ago

December 16, 1926

Trapped for more than a week without food or water, Jesse, a prized herdsman owned by SM Bailey, was found late Saturday afternoon by neighbors, almost starving.

Raised from a puppy, the sheepdog has grown into a treasured cattle dog and Mr Bailey turned down $ 50 for him last summer.

When he was found near the Albert Way ranch, the dog was two and a half kilometers from his home. He was gone 19 days.

75 years ago

December 19, 1946

“Don’t let death take your vacation!” ”

With this slogan, Oregon today joins other Western states in a concerted campaign to prevent traffic accidents during the Christmas holidays, which have claimed tragic lives in Oregon in recent years.

“Traffic accidents in the last ten days of December have killed 63 people in this state over the past six years,” Secretary of State Robert S. Farrell Jr. said today announcing the new campaign. . “These accidents were preventable. Anticipation of the risks peculiar to the holiday period, consideration of the rights of others and ordinary care would have avoided them. The increases are due to the rising tide of accidents in rural areas. , we plan to focus a lot of attention on the rural accident problem this month. ”

Farrell listed the record of the Christmas holidays over the past six years as follows:

1940 – 12 deaths.

1941 -13 deaths.

1942 – 9 deaths.

1943 – 5 deaths.

1944 – 8 dead.

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50 years ago

December 16, 1971 City police continue to investigate the heist at Ochoco Hardware 7 East Third, which brought in $ 2,054.80 in goods and cash. The burglary occurred between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, when the crime was discovered by Director Lawrence Mayfield. The burglars entered the building through the roof after drilling a 12-inch by 15-inch hole using a hand drill and a hole saw. The bolts securing the rear door lock were cut from the inside using bolt cutters.

About fifty items were missing, according to an inventory completed on Monday. Among the stolen goods were firearms, ammunition, household appliances, power tools, radios, tape recorders, knives, clocks and watches.

The guns taken are: caliber 12 Browning automatic; Remington 30-06; Smith Wesson .38 special model 15; Smith & Wesson .22 mag model 51; and Smith & Wesson .22 long rifle.

25 years ago

December 17, 1996

Monday was a day of tears and laughter for Prineville Fire Chief Dave Fields, who was honored by hundreds of elementary students at specially prepared assemblies.

The day was declared “Fireman Dave Day” by Prineville City Council last week, but it was the kids who sparked deep emotions within the fire prevention and safety dynamo in the community.

Firefighter Dave, who took a job in Salem, wiped tears from his eyes at each of the three assemblies where children sang songs written about him and presented cards, gifts and thunderous applause. Firefighter Dave, in turn, hugged each child. Older boys, of course, got handshakes – because hugs aren’t cool when you’re in fifth grade.

Some children gave Dave their home phone number, and several others cried as they said goodbye to the man who became more famous in Prineville than Smokey Bear, and adored more than Santa Claus.

“Dave is really an integral part of fire safety education in our schools,” said Penny LaFavor, Principal of Cecil Sly Elementary School. “All the kids know and love Dave.” The school assemblies were hosted by John Boynton, director of emergency medical services at the Prineville Fire Department. Boynton said Fields deserved to be honored because of his tremendous efforts to educate school-aged children about fire safety and prevention. Fields joined the Prineville Fire Department in 1987 as a Fire Marshal. He almost immediately instituted programs for school-aged children, personally guiding children who played with matches. He welcomed the kids to the fire department, letting them spray the fire hoses and climb the big red platforms. And he made the stop, drop and roll technique famous.


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