By Heather Collins
Carmel firefighters have created custom dining room tables that help tell the rich history and tradition of the Carmel Fire Dept. The firefighters at Carmel Fire Dept. Station 41 created two custom-made, 3 1/2-foot by 10-foot tables from recycled materials.
“The kitchen table is the heart and soul of a firehouse, just like it’s the heart and soul of your home,” CFD spokesman Tim Griffin said. “This is where veterans teach new guys, sitting right here at this table.”
The tables seat eight. Old bowling lane floor boards were used for the tabletops and broken fire hydrants from were used as legs. CFD engineer Greg Webb created the center decals through his company Webb Effects.
“Turns out the food tastes the same on them,” Griffin said. “We’re fortunate because there’s so many great cooks in the firehouse.”
Video of the tables reached more than 80,000 people on Facebook.
The department received more than 200 donated coins to use as a border. The coins include military, challenge and line of duty death coins that help to memorialize fallen firefighters.
Griffin said Assistant Chief Cyrus J. “Skip” Clark’s widow, Pam Sims, and daughter stopped by to see the tables and really liked the tribute to Clark. Clark, one of the first two men to be employed by the Carmel Fire Dept., died in the line of duty en route to a grass fire run on Dec. 3, 1960, at the age of 27.