Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Chronicle Chats where we interview some- one who makes our neighborhood a special place. We hope that you enjoyed our last Chronicle Chats with Cindy Erwin, who has worked at Clifton Skyline Chili for 40 years. In this issue we interviewed the captain of Cincinnati Fire Department’s Station 34 on Ludlow Avenue, Ron Wilson. Station 34 is an iconic Clifton building and that is where we found Capt. Wilson one snowy Sunday this past January.
How long have you been a firefighter?
“I have been a firefighter for about 25 years now.”
Do you like the architecture of the firehouse?
“Yes and a lot of people that come by love it too.”
Do you know what year firehouse 34 was built?
“This firehouse was built in 1896”
What hours do you work here?
“All the firemen work 24-hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. the next day”.
Do the fireman have a favorite spot in Clifton?
“Besides the firehouse probably the park (Burnet Woods) because we do some of our training there.”
Describe your perfect day here?
“My perfect day at the firehouse would be with my regular team and there really is no perfect day here because everyday is perfect here. Every day is perfect because every day is different and you never know what will happen that day really.”
What is your favorite thing to order at Skyline?
“My favorite order is probably a small Five-Way, I like the beans.”
What is your favorite ice cream flavor from Graeters?
“My favorite flavor would definitely be butter pecan.”
Clifton is known for its older houses, is that a problem for preventing fires?
“No, not really, but if there is a fire in an older house they are built differently so it can be difficult.”
Bearcats or Musketeers?
“Ooo . . . I would have to say Xavier.”
You put a water bowl out for the dogs, what is the most interesting dog that you have seen?
“Hmm . . . there are a group of three pit bull mixes that come there very often so I would say them because they can be in- teresting.”
Thank you to Captain Ron Wilson and all the fire fighters there that make Station 34 so great. For any Clifton Chronicle Chat suggestions, please email thewhedons@ gmail.com. We will see you next time for our Clifton Chronicle Chats.