Update: The fire truck pull has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled and will take place on Saturday, June 2, instead.
Original story: A fundraising fire truck pull has been organized for next weekend in memory of the former fire chief Kirkland Nixon, who passed away late last month.
The Cayman Islands Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, a committee of police, customs, immigration, fire service and Special Olympics Cayman Islands officials, announced that the first Kirkland Nixon Memorial Fire Truck Pull will take place on Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the grounds of the Grand Harbour Shopping Centre.
The pull is being organized as a fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Cayman Islands as they prepare for the Special Olympics National Games, scheduled for June 3-8.
The pull will involve teams of 12 from government and private entities competing to see who can be the fastest to pull a fully loaded fire truck across a distance of 15 feet. There will be an overall winner in each of two categories, and a final “pull off” where the top two teams compete for the annual trophy.
“As we came together this year to relaunch the LETR, our former Fire Chief, Mr. Kirkland Nixon, passed,” said fire officer Rodney Rivers. “He was always a big supporter of the Special Olympics and also arranged fire truck pulls during his tenure, and we believe this is the perfect way to pay tribute to him. This event mirrors his values of service to community.”
Law Enforcement Torch Run Cayman Islands, which is a local branch of the worldwide LETR organization, has been dormant for the past few years, and is being relaunched with this fire truck pull, with other activities to follow.
“It is a pleasure to see the Law Enforcement Torch Run get back up and running after being on a bit of a hiatus over the last few years,” said RCIPS Inspector Ian Yearwood, who is interim chairperson of the committee. “These activities allow us the opportunity to join together as law enforcement agencies to support a very worthy cause.”
For more information, and to download registration forms, visit the information page on the RCIPS website at www.rcips.ky/partnership/special-olympics.