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Welcome to my website! I am a retired law enforcement officer and adjunct criminology professor who has a strong interest in antique emergency vehicles. I also have a small background in the funeral world. In this site, you will see all my ex's: Two Cadillacs, one Pontiac, and one Chevy Suburban ambulance; a GMC rescue truck and two fire engines. You'll also see my current fleet: a 1972 Cadillac hearse, a 1975 Caddy ambulance, a 36 Ford rescue truck, a 35 Chevy fire truck, and a 2001 Suburban 2500 which is the tow vehicle for the 35 Chevy.
My buddy Al Toscano pressure washed the '36 after it was delivered from Canada.
Al and I started the exterior restoration on April 6. We needed to get down to bare metal and go from there. I have already committed both the '35 and the '36 to the Annual Open House at the Sarasota County Fire Dept. (Station 5) on October 3, 2015.
This photo was taken near my home by John Degenhardt. John is a fire buff from Minneapolis and takes the hobby of fire equipment photography very seriously. This is my '35 Chevy pumper.
My '68 Peter Pirsch & Sons Canopy Cab Pumper and my '35 Chevy fire truck mfg by Anthony Cresci & Sons of Vineland, NJ ...taken at the Sarasota County Fire Department's annual open house on October 6, 2012. The Pirsch now resides in Abilene, TX.
May 11, 2013: A first! All 3 of my fire trucks at the same place and the same time! The quarterly meeting of the Florida Antique Bucket Brigade was held here in Venice. The middle truck (American LaFrance) now resides in Manatee County, FL.