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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1959 September

Roanoke, Va., Area Firefighters Tasked With Painting Victory Stadium

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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1 min., 33 sec.
Members of Roanoke, Va., area fire departments stand atop ladders, painting the walls on the underside of Victory Stadium. In an interview with WSLS-TV reporter John Gilbert, firefighter Harry McKinney explains that, while Roanoke firefighters are frequently asked to offer their services for painting and other maintenance projects, these activities do not constitute a "normal" workday, and that many of the crew members resent being required to perform menial labor. McKinney informs Gilbert that the firefighters are still on call for emergencies but predicts that the circumstances will cause response times to be slower than usual.
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