Dedicating New Fire Apparatus to Late Chief a Fitting Tribute

An editorial in The Mountain Press states that dedicating the newest fire engine in Sevierville Fire Department (TN) to ex-chief Mike Rawlings is appropriate and fitting.

Rawlings dedicated his life to the department. When he died at 65 at the end of last year following a struggle with cancer, he’d been serving the community for most of the previous four decades, including about 20 years as chief.

He worked hard to acquire the best equipment the department could get, even with the tight city budgets of recent years. Purchase of the new, $550,000 truck had been one of his goals. It was paid for in large part through a private donation, but Rawlings had been involved in helping to come up with the specs and in working with the city to get the remaining funds.

The truck can pump out 1,500 gallons of water a minute. It’s designed to make everything as efficient and easy to access as possible for firefighters. That makes it an even more fitting tribute to Rawlings, because it’s a pretty good summary of how he saw his duties as chief.

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