I originally posted this article on the DFW Alerts Network blog back in March of 2012
While giving a ride to someone I had run into when going to pay my rent, I drove past Fort Worth Fire Station #8 and saw something that caught my eye. Of course, I had to go back and take a picture. I have to say that it wasn’t quite as easy as simply as turning around and going back however… I am not familiar with that area of town and had gotten turned around several times; Then there was the fun of where to park so I could get up close enough to get a good picture. No parking spots on the streets, nearby parking lots full (or restricted), and parking in front of bay doors of firestation – ummmm generally not a good idea. I was, however, finally able to find a good spot and get a couple of picture.
<img title=”gallery” alt=”” src=”http://jottingsandwritings.wordpress.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wpgallery/img/t.gif” />Of course having gotten the pictures, I had to get the story behind it and did with the help of Timothy Hardeman PIO for Fort Worth Fire Department (find them on <a href=”https://twitter.com/#!/FortWorthFire” target=”_blank”>twitter</a> and on <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/FortWorthFireRecruiment” target=”_blank”>FaceBook</a>)
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<td><strong> Eric McGehearty </strong></td>
<td><em> United We Stand </em></td>
<td> Bronze Sculpture</td>
<td> Fire Station 8</td>
You can learn more at <a href=”http://www.fwpublicart.org/nu_site/page.php/id/collection.” target=”_blank”>Fort Worth Public Arts</a> (scroll down to the area of Fire & Police)
I was told that the boots shown are called “Hip Boots” because they unfold to cover the upper part of the legs. They were worn by firefighters in the past (I am not certain if they are still in use today).