The Kenosha News Thursday did a marvelous story (the online version has more than in print) on the retirement of Kenosha's last Peter Pirsch fire engine.
For those who don't know, Pirsch was considered the Calillac of fire trucks -- hand built and built to last.
Like so many other historic Kenosha industries, Pirsch is gone. The retirement of Kenosha's last fire engine really is news.
More significant than another nail in the coffin of Kenosha's industrial heritage is what the city has done with and to the last two Pirsch fire trucks. They were stripped and mothballed.
That's not just sad -- it's insane.
Here we have a city willing to shell out big bucks for a generic civil war museum and yet it is letting a major part of the city's history go to seed -- in fact, not just letting it but enabling it. How crazy is that?
The city could -- and should -- have preserved these fire engines as living monuments to a major part of Kenosha's history (did you know that in the 1930's the Chicago Fire Department called for help from Kenosha because Pirsch had the most advanced equipment?).
But maybe we shouldn't expect too much from a city government that compromised public safety by shutting down a fire station (and plans to close more) and endangers motorists and pedestrians by horrendous snow and ice removal.
Stripping these fire engines and letting them go to seed is another nose thumbing at the men and women who gave their city its identity. Shame on city hall. Shame.