Christmas decorations tribute to firefighters
By Mark Wineka
GRANITE QUARRY ó Bill and Kim Fraley are paying tribute to firefighters through their elaborate home Christmas decorations on Barringer Street.
Bill, owner of Chapman Custom Signs Inc., has been a Granite Quarry firefighter for 29 years and currently serves as deputy chief. He says it’s just in his blood.
The Fraleys’ front-yard Christmas display includes a decorated fire hydrant, a fire truck with a dalmation on board and a stream of water (blue lights) being directed toward a burning tree, whose top is on fire (red lights).
In addition, the couple pay tribute to fallen firefighters with a familiar symbol, a brilliant red ribbon fitting nicely with the Christmas season.
Fraley said he found the fire truck at Lowe’s, and the decorations “went from one thing to another.”
He and Kim tend to add something new to their expansive decorations each year. Fraley said they’ll probably absorb the higher electric bill and add more features next year.
The Fraleys have received numerous positive comments about their firefighter-themed Christmas, which their children, 15-year-old Candace and 8-year-old Carmen also enjoy.
The decorations went up the weekend before Thanksgiving and will come down the second week of January, Bill says.