STARTING ANEW: Island opens new firehouse

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Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

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Seen here are scenes from a dedication ceremony in which South Padre Island city officials, dignitaries and members of the community paticipated in marking the opening of the city’s new fire station. (Staff photos by Craig Alaniz)

Tuesday, the community gathered for the dedication of the newest city building. The South Padre Island Fire Station 1 opened its doors and remembered servicemen on Patriot Day.

Mayor Robert Pinkerton, Jr. said it was at the same location in 1972 that the Echo Firehouse for a volunteer staff was erected; this after the need was realized.

Pinkerton said the Island has had three fire chiefs in its 30 year history providing the emergency service. Current Fire Chief Bernie Baskett said it is good to be back where it all started.

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. said it was a great day to open the firehouse because so many people are reminded of the sacrifices made by servicemen all over the country.

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