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store, that’s not there anymore sped the crew and the engineer. With the steering gear torn the rig went airborne … it was a devastating sight, then plate glass was flying and Grigs- by was crying and “Red” Hurst’s hair turned white. Now when the dust settled there they all said a prayer as the injuries they found to be none … but old Lulubelle was destined for hell as she just made her very last run.

John L. Gilchrist

The four new LAFD fireboats in 2003 – Boat 2 “The Warner L. Lawrence and Boats 1, 3 and 5.

equipment and capabilities required to address the port’s needs was developed. This list in- cluded items such as Firefighting Foam capaci- ties and flow rates, on board EMS facilities, SCUBA program needs, towing capabilities, improvised water supply ability and many oth- ers. Among the top priorities for the new boat were overall strength, longevity, technological superiority, and a wide range of enhanced ca- pabilities. Ultimately, Marine Architects and other specialists were hired to formally develop the Department’s specifications, and the new large and small boats became a reality.

AN ODE TO A “LULUBELLE” A POEM by John Gilchrist

Retired Captain Bill Quinn told me about a poem that was written about a 1937 American LaFrance “Lulubelle”.

This was

after Bill saw the one in our Hollywood Mu- seum. Captain John Gilchrist wrote the poem and presented it to Engineer Harry Miller at his retirement dinner in early 1960. It was about an accident that caused the demise of Engine 67, a 1937 “Lulubelle” in 1957. The crew of Engine 67 that night was: Fireman Robert Hollis (Act- ing Captain), Engineer Harry Miller, Fireman

Alfred Guin, Fireman Gene Grigs- by, and Fireman John (Red) Hurst (detailed from E 34-A).

AN ODE TO A LULUBELLE It was a night in November,

as I remember, that the Lulubelle took her last run. Old “ten seventy five” is no longer alive…her fire- fighting days are now done. The crew working that night, who joined her last flight on a ride where her seams fairly burst, were Hollis, and Miller, Guin and Grigsby and a detailman “Red” Hurst. When the fire phone rang the crew fairly sang for a ride in the cool night air, but little they’d know that they’d later bemoan what cruel fate had lurking there. Miller spun the rotor on her tired old motor … to prod her to life was his right … she groaned and she farted and finally got started then thun- dered off in the darkening night. She behaved like a dream under a full head of steam as she headed for the LaBrea intersection, then all hell cut loose when some teenage “goose” made his hot rod a front end connection. Do you know how it’d feel to lose a front wheel, the brakes and the power to steer … towards a furniture

Calendar for August 2016

The 1937 American LaFrance Shop #1075 at FS 38. Later sent to FS 67 in the West Adams district where it met “its demise.”



• U.S. Navy Fleet Week at the Port of LA. “The Ralph J. Scott” project will be open to visitors Sat. 9/3, Sun. 9/4 and Mon. 9/5 (Labor Day)

• Annual September 11th Memorial at LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial - Sun. 9/11 at 0700 hrs.

October • Annual LAFD Memorial at the LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Sat. 10/8 at 1000 hrs. • Fireboat #2, “The Ralph J. Scott” 91st Birth- day, Sat. 10/22


• US Marine Corps Birthday at the Hollywood Museum, Thur. 11/10

December • LAFDHS Annual Holiday Party at the Hol- lywood Museum Sat. 12/17

All of our LAFDHS members, guests and friends are invited to attend our monthly meetings at the Museum.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society and William Rolland Firefighters’ Educational Institute is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.

“PRESERVE, EDUCATE, MEMORIALIZE” * Fridays from 0800 to 1200 are work days on the “Ralph J. Scott” Fireboat August 2016 • 53

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