Historic Farmington fire station demolished

Updated: 07/28/2014 5:24 PM | Created: 07/28/2014 4:41 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Today a crowd gathered in Farmington to watch the demise of a building that meant a lot to many men and women over the years.

“Like I say, was home all them years anyway,” Clyde Secrest said.

This morning Secrest watched a part of his history get ripped apart.

“I wouldn't have missed it, I wouldn't have missed it,” he said.

As the big machinery started to tear into Fire Station One, a man known by many as the grandfather of the Farmington Fire Department shared his memories.

“The section they are tearing down right now they had to raise it up for our first ladder truck cause it wouldn't fit in there," Seacrest said.

He retired in 1986 after fighting fires in Farmington for 32 years, and today the 81-year-old made sure he was here for the fire station's last day.

“I got here a little after 9 o'clock so I could get a seat where I could watch it," he said. 

Ray Mosher couldn't miss this day either.

“This is where I started in 1979, in this station,” Mosher told KOB Eyewitness News Four. “Lot of fond memories.”

Both retired firefighters tell us that they understand the need for a new fire house, but today, they were glad to be there.

“[To] say goodbye to it, take some final pictures and see it go away.”

And to the next generation of firefighters to serve in the new house, Secrest tells them,

“Take care of yourself and take care of the equipment," Seacrest said. "As long as they do the training and everything, everything should be ok."

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