Written by Staff
By Jess Paniszczyn
Four teams battled for the distinct honor of being officially recognized as the strongest in the land during the Fire Truck Pull hosted by the Coppell Fire Department. Groups of muscle-bound citizens ranging from professional firefighters to the city’s fiercest librarians, as well as a physically fit crew from ULINE Shipping Supply Specialists took up the challenge by gathering in Wagon Wheel Park on March 22 to prove their might by pulling a fire truck 75 feet and in the process raising funds for Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society.
“I think there was a little tailwind out today,” Fire Chief Kevin Richardson said. “The trucks weigh 66,000 pounds roughly when loaded, so we need all the help we can get. It is a little intimidating, but you would be surprised what a group of 10 people can do.
“This is all about building teamwork, camaraderie and community spirit while having fun and raising money.”
Captain Eric Porter led the mighty musclemen of C-Shift to victory.
“This event was a great start, and I would like to see us build on it next year,” Porter said. “It is a great challenge and it’s fun. Not many people get to pull a fire truck everyday.”
In addition to their towering physiques, a little strategic planning may have played a role in their victory.
“We were out this morning for Channel 8 News, and we pulled it,” Porter said. “So we had an idea of what we needed to do to get started. We figured out when to turn and run and things like that. We had the advantage of experience along with brute strength.”