A ride for his lifetime

Bill Grun’s smile was as big as Ladder 79 on April 24, 2017, his 97th Birthday.

The email came about 2 weeks ago from Wesley Enhanced Living, asking for the fire company to come over and participate in resident Bill Grun’s 97th birthday party. “He’s wanted to be a firefighter all his life” it read.

It’s been quite a life.

Grun, an amazingly spry 97 year-old, is as sharp as men decades younger. He still teaches Sunday school and drives a manual shift Model T Ford. He’s a former teacher and a gifted story teller, regaling the assembled partiers on his and his father’s early days. And after his ride on Ladder 79, he jogged across the parking lot. Yes, jogged. There were inquiries into his being permitted to climb the main ladder. We had to deny that wish, but do not doubt he could.

Happy Birthday Bill, and many more. You’re one of us now.

Bill waves as he heads out on a check ride in Ladder 79 with firefighter Peter Mills at the wheel.
With a spring in his step usually reserved for an excited kid, Bill exits the ladder with help from Dan Kline.

 

HIs ride over, Bill and Dan discuss the ladder and it’s capabilities.

 

More on todays visit-

From CBS3-

http://mms.tveyes.com/MediaCenterPlayer.aspx?u=aHR0cDovL21lZGlhY2VudGVyLnR2ZXllcy5jb20vZG93bmxvYWRnYXRld2F5LmFzcHg%2FVXNlcklEPTM5OTY3MCZNRElEPTc4NjgyMTYmTURTZWVkPTYxMDcmVHlwZT1NZWRpYQ%3D%3D

From Fox29-

From 6ABC-