Back in college, I thought it was cool that our fraternity’s symbol was a fire truck. It’s not the reason I pledged Pi Kappa Alpha in 1978 (that had to do with the beer at rush parties), but it’s always been a fun association. We had a Pike fire truck, bought on the cheap from a rural fire department, which the brothers used for driving around the WKU campus to pick up coeds.
On the rare beautiful afternoons in which it was actually running, we were a magnet for attention. I’m not sure how we didn’t get arrested. There was even a song that began. . . “It’s the red fire truck, that makes you. . . ”
34 years later, my son Josh is a Pike at U of L, and he and his brothers are making a more positive contribution to the world through the use of the Pike fire truck symbol. On Nov. 10, the U of L Pikes are holding the inaugural PIKE’s Fireman Challenge to raise money for the Crusade for Children.
Teams can sign up for the competition. The challenge is for 8-person teams to push a fire truck 15 feet. The cost is $100 per team. The event, which will take place Nov. 10 at Fourth Street Live!, is getting support from local media and from local fire departments.