PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSHLEFT: With a steady rain falling 10 a.m. Dec. 23, 2017 for the beginning of the Western Salisbury Fire Department’s annual neighborhood Santa run, organizers improvise to keep Santa dry for his visit to fire district neighborhoods.
Some neighbors in the Western Salisbury fire district take to cars for shelter during the steady rain falling Dec. 23, 2017 during the fire department’s annual caroling and Santa run through its fire district neighborhoods. Santa accommodated them by delivering candy canes and Christmas greetings to youngsters inside the vehicle.
ABOVE: As the rain stopped about noon, firefighters and Santa begin to greet neighbors outside. See additional photos on Page A2.
Western Salisbury volunteer firefighters allow the Grinch to ride in their fire engine after he promised he was reformed and was no longer trying to steal children’s Christmas fun.
Western Salisbury firefighters are able to discard a tarp needed to shield Santa from a steady rain during the mid-morning start of the fire department’s annual Santa run to neighborhoods in their fire district.Press photos by Jim Marsh
Even the neighborhood pets anticipate the annual Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department’s Christmas-time Santa run and the promise of a dog biscuit. Santa’s helper, firefighter Michael Al-Khal accommodates “Benny” (full name Benjamin Franklin Dog), with a treat Santa carries in his pack for his four-legged friends.
During the early part of the Western Salisbury Fire Department’s Santa run, Santa accommodates youngsters confined to their homes by the rainy weather with a candy cane delivery to their doorstep.
WESTERN SALISBURY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Santa run hindered by rain
Each Christmas season, Western Salisbury Fire Department’s fire engines take to the streets and roads in the neighborhoods surrounding its Swain Fire Station, at Ott Street and Green Acres Drive, in a long-standing tradition of playing Christmas carols and allowing Santa to hand out candy canes and wish youngsters a Merry Christmas.
This year, the Dec. 23 Santa run ran into a bit of weather. Starting 10 a.m. to avoid a predicted afternoon rain storm, the firefighters found the weather front had moved in overnight and the mid-morning start on Saturday was greeted with a steady downpour.
Not to be deterred, the firefighters rigged a summer picnic sun shelter to the back of its restored 1965 American LaFrance fire engine to keep the deluge from getting Santa’s beard all wet. The tarp kept the major part of the weather at bay while Santa waved to the youngsters who were staying warm and dry and waving from inside their homes or under the cover of garages and porches.
About noon, the rain abated and the Santa run paused at the fire station to remove the tarp. From there on, Santa and his helpers cruised through the neighborhoods as they traditionally do – with lights and sirens letting folks know Santa was nearby.
With neighbors in the streets waving to Santa and his helpers, children looking for candy canes and neighborhood dogs looking for biscuits, all was well in the Western Salisbury fire district.