When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
342.  FIRE LOG     1984                                
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January 8- Prank call to 807 7th St., non-existent address, would be investigated

January 10— Proposed plan will help maintain ambulance service for areas outside the Charleston City Limits

February 1- Charleston Wal Mart opens

February 8— Chief Taylor makes trip to San Antonio, Texas to help with burial of brother-in-law Ray Pena, husband of sister, Georgia Pena of Paris Ky.

February 14- Report indicated arson heavy in 1983

February 15-18- Ruth Bowling charged with setting the fire      (Oct. 16, 1983) at 719 4th (Bob Livingston property); pleads guilty; is sentenced to one year in prison

March 18- Former Charleston Fire Chief George Milliner dies (1914-1984), funeral held March 21

April 17- Fire Chief Melvin H. Taylor announces retirement after 34 years of service to the CFD

May 2- Leslie Hickenbottom named new Chief of the CFD, starting his career in 1965;   Melvin Taylor starts his new job as city fire inspector, he would work out of city hall under a Community Development and Planning Program

May 16- 1952 Quad fire truck converted to city street department truck

June 18- Apartment fire above Mother's Tavern, 506 Monroe

July— City Building Inspector Tom Michael fired

July 18- 1984 City government structure diagram published

September- Letter to Editor from CFD Ambulance supervisor, Tom Watson comparing the 1973 Taitt fire to what could occur in county concerning ambulance protection

September 10- 24 year Charleston Policeman Kenneth Moses dies (1933-1984)

October 1- Mrs. Harold (Lenora) Fleming dies in Cambridge Court Nursing Home, wife of former old-time fireman Buck Fleming

October 20— Tom Watson named Assistant Chief

December 26- Former Mattoon F.D. Battalion Chief Bryan (Horsefly) McCoy dies (1917-1984)