The year was 1979.
The Pittsburgh Steelers broke my heart by beating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII, 35-31. Sugar Ray Leonard won his first world boxing title. And Tracy Austin became the youngest U.S. Open tennis champion at 16 years old — not much older than me, a fourth grader in Breckenridge, Texas.
That same year, Bart Humphreys began his career with the College Station Fire Department.
After more than 35 years of service to the citizens of College Station, Bart will retire on Friday. To put that in perspective, he served under six fire chiefs and seven mayors.
It’s hard to imagine CSFD without Bart.
The College Station City Council will meet on Monday instead of Thursday since many council members and staff will be attending the annual Texas Municipal League conference in Austin later in the week. Here are five items to watch in Monday’s workshop (6 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings: (more…)
The following message was authored by Henry Mayo, a surveyor and long-time resident of the Bryan-College Station area. As a surveyor and historian, Henry retrieves information from local, state and national resources to assemble history-themed messages for email subscribers in a series titled “This Week in Brazos County History.” To subscribe to Henry’s email series, click here.
FORMER HRDLICKA/FUGATE FAMILY HOME BURNS (Sept. 22, 1988)
The history book that chronicles the College Station Fire Department’s first 25 years (1970-95) includes the following under notable fire calls from 1988:
“September 22 — A house was totally destroyed at Luther Street and Wellborn Road. The house was near collapse from the intense fire on CSFD’s arrival.”
This home and associated businesses have a rich history. In a 1995 interview archived on the City of College Station’s Project HOLD website, Marilyn Hrdlicka Fugate said she was born in the home on Feb. 22, 1922 and that it was built around 1919 by her father, Ed Hrdlicka. It was located on the west corner of a few hundred acres of land owned by the Hrdlicka family. Marilyn and her husband, Jack Fugate, raised their own family there following World War II.
At 55 years old, you’re still relatively young. Why are you retiring now?
“In the fire service, 55 is kind of a magic number. At that point, you normally have 30 or 40 years of service. Once you hit 55, if you can walk off the job standing up with all your arms and legs in good shape, that’s a blessing. At lot of people aren’t able to do that. I’ve seen a lot of fire chiefs hold on just because they can — longer than they should sometimes. There comes a point where you kind of get in your own little comfort zone, and you’re not really moving the organization forward. When you get to the point where you feel like you’ve helped the organization get it where it needs to be and you’ve accomplished some major goals – not just for the community but personally — you have to look inside. What’s going to be best for the organization and what’s going to be best for me? The organization is in great shape, we’ve got great leaders in all positions, and we’ve got people trained to move up. Passing the baton to the next fire chief will be a good thing for the organization and the community. It’s been an honor to work in the City of College Station, and I’ve been very blessed to be here. I can’t think of any other place I’d want to finish my career as a fire chief.”
This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, April 25. It’s not the official minutes.
Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started. Mayor Nancy Berry and Councilmember James Benham are absent tonight.