A Rochester Firefighter Incorporates History into a New Table

March 07, 2018 09:05 AM

(ABC 6 News)--A Rochester firefighter has put his building skills to work and created a beautiful piece for fire station one, but what was incorporated into the table makes it extra special.

Rescues are just part of the job for firefighters and that was no different during Joe Guyse's 24 years with the Rochester Fire Department. When the department was getting rid of things they no longer needed, he stepped in to save a piece of history.


"Joe being an antique guy rescued the ladder and he brought it out to our place," said Joe’s sister-in-law, Sandra Guyse.

At the time Sandra had plans to use the old wooden ladder, but it sat for 30 years.

The ladder was hanging in her barn, until now.

"It’s part of the history, so I thought that that's where it should go back to," said Sandra.

The ladder is now at Fire Station One incorporated into a unique four-by-twelve foot table.

"I felt it was important to have something that showed pride in what we do as firefighters," said Rochester firefighter, Brent Graunke.

Graunke spent more than 200 hours building the new table for the station, tying in the old with the new.

"It's important to remember the history of what we have been, but then bring it forward to the future and hope that this lasts for many years going forward," he said.

The table is creating new memories while a holding onto a proud history that will never fade.

"Brings it all together; it's just very nice that they can use it and sit around it," said Sandra.


Marissa Collins

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