Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

September 30, 2017

Laddies in Camp Cody Fire Department Are Drilled “Smoke Eaters”

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:08 pm

The non-commissioned officers who form the fire department at Camp Cody are no tyros at the game, all of them having been “smoke eaters” before they enlisted as soldiers of Uncle Sam. Sergeant First Class W. T. Baining, who is the ranking non-commissioned officer, was a fireman at Lorain, Ohio, before becoming a soldier. Sergeant W. E. Hayward was a member of a volunteer fire department at Agawam, Mass. Sergeant John A. Kyle was a fire laddy at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before he became an army man.

The little fire truck is waiting to answer its first call, ready for the test. The early morning fire Monday, when a box car was partially consumed on a side track near Camp Cody, was not a camp call and the soldier manned apparatus did not respond. That from Deming responded and soon had the blaze extinguished. The fire was in a caboose which was gutted and the top partially burned away. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 22, 1918



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