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Locked-in officer misses snap
By ANNA PRICE
LEESTON FIRE station officer
Murray Skilling is ruing a lost photo
opportunity after the ignominy of
finding himself secured by a kiddy
lock in a colleague's private 4WD,
which had taken four crew to the
raging house fire in Doyleston.
The driver had thrown a child seat
into the rear of his ute to make room
for two more fire fighters in the back.
We pulled up and everyone
jumped out to report to the fire
truck -- everyone except me,'' Mr
Away they went, shutting the
doors behind them. I was locked in
the back in full fire gear.''
The pre-set kiddy lock -- which can
only be opened from the outside --
had done its job.
I was trying to work out how to
manoeuvre myself to the other side.''
In full firefighting regalia, he
wriggled over the driver's briefcase
and other gear to exit the other side.
It took about two minutes to get
free, after shifting a lot of gear and
climbing across carrying heavy stuff.
It was about two minutes, but it
seemed forever. By the time I got
there, the flames were out.
I'd pulled out the camera to
take a shot of the flames as we pul-
led up. It's what you call a missed
His colleagues were well involved
at the scene.
Mr Skilling made no comment
until the incident was over.
I told them: It's bloody lovely isn't
it. You locked me in.''
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I have been reading in the Central
Canterbury News about the old
roadmen's hut in Rolleston. I am
absolutely in favour of it being
restored and used as a museum or
I'd like to see it restored and kept
on the site beside the gravel pit, as
this is the history of when the men
used to use it.
As a mother of a young son, I
would enjoy taking him there to
enjoy a piece of history. Lea Bartram
Re the historic cottage, we have one
on our property, same vintage,
possibly older and reasonably
maintained (EQC repairs included).
I wonder if there are so few, and
while we enjoy the use of it and are
aware of the history, such cottages
require a lot of upkeep.
I do not think it another
necessary council expense, but then
perhaps the developer would.
WHAM, BANG: The perils of overtaking were brought home to one driver in
Lincoln on Monday when a third car pulled out in front on Springs Rd at 9am.
Lincoln Police said nobody was hurt. Nobody will be charged. The vehicles
needed some panelbeating.
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