Trib­ute to years of ser­vice

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

It was a project that ticked many community boxes. “Fire­man Sam”, this year’s win­ning float at the Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val, was not only an ode to an en­dear­ing chil­dren’s char­ac­ter but a trib­ute to a man close to the Alexan­dra Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade’s heart, the late Sam Cor­ri­gall, the sta­tion’s keeper and care­taker for 44 years, who died last month. It was to Mr Cor­ri­gall, 92, that the sta­tion owed its im­mac­u­late award-win­ning grounds. He moved into the fire house when it was built on Cen­ten­nial Ave in 1968 and re­mained an ac­tive fire­man un­til his re­tire­ment about the age of 65, liv­ing part of that time in a house next-door to the sta­tion. In de­clin­ing health in the past few years, Mr Cor­ri­gall moved into care in Dunedin. His big, bold mo­bile mon­u­ment that de­lighted so many peo­ple when it came down Cen­ten­nial Ave last Satur­day, will live on be­yond the fes­ti­val, as a back­drop to the Otago South­land Pro­vin­cial Fire Bri­gade As­so­ci­a­tion’s centenary cel­e­bra­tions, which Alexan­dra will host next Fe­bru­ary. A to­tal of 72

Sam Cor­ri­gall with amodel of a hose reel used by the fire bri­gade in the early 1900s. He made the model to cel­e­brate the 75th an­niver­sary of the fire bri­gade in 2008. bri­gades are expected for an ac­tion-packed week­end, com­pris­ing a con­fer­ence, compe- tition and a spe­cial ser­vice. The Alexan­dra bri­gade last hosted the event 10 years ago.

The way it was:

I’ve got a stock pile of 10 litres of wa­ter and a few tins of veg­eta­bles and fruit kept away. 2. Go to the pub and see if it was open. 3. No. I think it would look a bit silly if I was at home by my­self and try­ing to get un­der the ta­ble.

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