ROCKWALL, Texas – November 30, 2017 – It comes in many forms-the Spirit of Rockwall is what makes our community so special and sets it apart from all others. That’s why it’s been chosen as the theme of the 48th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade this Saturday in Rockwall. Above all else-the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the City of Rockwall. And there is no better representation than the Rockwall Fire Department’s restored historic fire engine that is scheduled to lead the parade.
The Rockwall City Council commissioned the restoration of the historic Ford fire engine that was new in Rockwall in 1959 and was in service until 1999. With the arrival of this truck, the department was proud to have their first enclosed cab fire engine, which made its last known appearance at the Christmas parade in 2003.
For decades in this small rural community, the engine, nicknamed, “Granny,” was manned by an all-volunteer fire department. The spirit of volunteerism still powers the City of Rockwall, especially in the Fire Department, which operates as a combined paid and volunteer organization to this day. As it leads the parade this weekend, the engine will be driven by retired volunteer firefighters. When you see them, be sure to thank them for their spirit of volunteerism! The Kiwanis Christmas Parade begins this Saturday, December 2 at 9 a.m.