The Daily Star
---- — 50 years ago
Aug. 8,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1963
Firemen Norman Quackenbush and Gerald Fisher are “buddies” under a system where one is supposed to keep his eye on the other when at the fire scene.
But they are buddies in everyday life too.
And it’s natural that they try to outdo each other.
Yesterday Quackenbush won the race. Well, at least Mrs. Quackenbush did. She gave birth to a boy at 7:56 a.m. Wednesday.
Mrs. Fisher placed in the race. She gave birth to a baby girl almost one hour later — at 8:53 a.m.
This now makes two boys and two gals for the Quackenbushes.
This makes three boys and two girls for the Fishers.
Fire Chief Kenneth Hooks was one of the more anxious men in the department.
Quackenbush and Fisher are on the same shift.
When the chief reported for duty, Quackenbush was at the hospital with his wife.
He later walked into the fire station and announced the latest addition to the Quackenbush family.
And then he rushed over to his buddy, Jerry, and said, “You’d better get up there right away.” Fisher left for the hospital.
“What’s everyone doing having a baby,” the chief said, good naturedly.
But in spite of the happy feeling of the fire department, Chief Hooks asked Asst. Chief Donald Rarick to remain on duty until the babies were born.
Rarick was glad to do so.
The chief explained, “It’s nice to have the babies but the fire station has to be manned.”