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Spokane man says goodbye to fire truck

Spokane man says goodbye to fire truck

In 1993, a Spokane man drove across the country to pick up a fire truck he won for 20 dollars in his hometown of Rheems, Pennsylvania, so fire explorers could use it here locally.

"How many people can say they've seen the United States from inside a fire engine," Ron Baer said in a 1993 interview with KXLY.

Baer said the trip wasn't easy. The vehicle topped off at 55 miles per hour and got nine miles to the gallon in gas.

"It took me two weeks," Baer said Sunday. "I drove 200 miles a day because I didn't want to-- well this thing wasn't made to go on the highway. It was made to go five blocks and put a fire out."

Now, two decades later., Baer is getting ready to send what he calls his "mistress" back to Rheems where their relationship first started.

"I drove it to fires when I was in my twenties," Baer said.

The truck became his in 1990 when the department decided to raffle it off instead of selling or trading it. Ron bought four tickets for five dollars a pop.

"Couple months later they pulled my name out of a hat and said you can come get your old fire engine," Baer said.

Greater Spokane Incorporated hires new leader

Greater Spokane Incorporated hires new leader

News release from Greater Spokane Incorporated:


The Board of Trustees of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) has appointed Steve Stevens as the organization's new President and CEO. Stevens will officially begin July 1.

Five Spokane students named Washington Scholars

Five Spokane students named Washington Scholars

Five Spokane students have been named Washington Scholars, the state’s highest academic honor.


The Washington Scholar program was started by the Legislature in 1981 and honors the accomplishments of three high school seniors from each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts.

Local chess club team celebrates recent wins

Local chess club team celebrates recent wins

The Northwest Christian Chess Club is celebrating big wins at recent tournaments.

The team of NWC elementary students won the top team award at the K-6 level as well as several individual awards won by Ryan Waters and Ethan Naresh.

Take a look at the attached press release for more on the team's impressive accomplishments.

Press release:

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

It took two years of fundraising and a mountain of paperwork for Dr. Eric Guilielmo of Spokane Eye Clinic to install a retina laser at a hospital in Angola, a country located on the southwest shore of Africa. Many of the patients there suffer from retinal eye conditions and up until Dr. Guilielmo brought the disassembled laser to the country there was nothing available to save them from blindness.

Audubon student inducted into School Safety Hall of Fame

A big honor for a dedicated Safety Patrol student at Audubon Elementary. Sixth grader Allarae Prigan was selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington and will be inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.


Allarae was nominated by Audubon Attendance Secretary Melinda Holland. She wanted to recognize Allarae for her dedication, commitment to making good choices and for helping other students. In addition to Safety Patrol, Allarae is on the student council and said she loves Audubon and wants to help the school out in anyway she can.

Pink Tie Guys explain mission, fundraiser with rap video

Have you heard about the Pink Tie Guys? The group of 12 spends a year fundraising for Susan G. Komen of Eastern Washington while wearing their signature pink ties. They have a new rap video out explaining their mission just in time for their Bridesmaids themed fundraiser at the Garland Theater on Saturday.