Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

A Final Goodbye to Old Station 1

October 16, 2017

This past weekend, several current and former firefighters returned to the old Oak Grove Fire Station #1 for a reunion. This past week, firefighters were moved from the old building to the new fire station that was built next to it.

According to Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, "It’s that time. She has served us well for nearly 45 years. Some of the original crews spent the last overnight shift last night. She won’t be standing anymore by the end of the month making room for the new girl in town. Thank you Phillip McPherson for organizing a great reunion sharing in the history of the first volunteer to career fire service in Cherokee County. The colors have been lowered for the last time and secured for keepsake at the new Station-1."

Several of the former members of the Oak Grove Station spent the night for one last time this past weekend. Members enjoyed dinner and shared stories of "good times" at the old fire station. It was bitter sweet to see everyone come together one last time to pay a tribute to a place that held so many memories, "Last night, I had the honor of spending time with the "brotherhood" that has had so much influence on the man I am today. These men are my brothers and they will always be with me and I with them. I can’t put into words what everyone of them means to me and my family. I am honored to have served with some of the bravest men and women on the planet," stated former firefighter, Billy Moody.

The old station will never be forgotten as a facade of the front of the old Station 1 was created by builders and placed in the new station featuring the original door and plaque.

 

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Attending the reunion at the old Station #1 were (left to right) Phillip McPherson, David Farmer, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Tommy Carnes, Dana McPherson, former Fire Chief, Bob Nealy, Billy Moody, Stan Johnston, Dan Floyd and Tim Milburn.
Attending the reunion at the old Station #1 were (left to right) Phillip McPherson, David Farmer, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, Tommy Carnes, Dana McPherson, former Fire Chief, Bob Nealy, Billy Moody, Stan Johnston, Dan Floyd and Tim Milburn. (click image for slideshow)
Battalion Chief, Dan Floyd (left), and former Battalion Chief, Tommy Carnes, talk about old times at Station 1.
Battalion Chief, Dan Floyd (left), and former Battalion Chief, Tommy Carnes, talk about old times at Station 1.
Former fire chief, Bob Nealey, looks at the old plaque that was placed on the front of the old station and is now housed in the new Fire Station #1.
Former fire chief, Bob Nealey, looks at the old plaque that was placed on the front of the old station and is now housed in the new Fire Station #1.