Road Kings Give Again to Burbank Charities
Nonprofit groups that preserve Burbank's past were among organizations receiving donations from the Burbank Road Kings during their April meeting at the Elks Club.
Ron Barone, battalion chief of the Burbank Fire Department, accepted a check for the Fire Department Muster Club and Historical Society. Joining him were Muster Club members Steve Byrne, Steve Rushing and Jeff Ponton.
The organization is dedicated to preserving the fire department's history and the antique vehicles in its fleet including the Christie Steamer, the Moreland Pumper and the Crown Pumper. For a closer look at these beauties go to the Muster Club's Facebook page.
Barone thanked the Road Kings and added two anecdotes. When he joined the department 28 years ago, several fellow employees were also Road Kings members and maintained the fire trucks. They earned his trust because the vehicles were always in tip-top shape, which Barone attributed to the knowledge they gained through their participation in Road Kings. Barone added that his love of antique vehicles comes from his 90-year-old dad who still owns 17 vintage vehicles.
"We'll do our best to keep those vintage apparatuses in Road Kings-calibre shape," he said.
Other groups receiving donations were the Burbank Police and Fire Museum, Burbank Mounted Police, Burbank Historical Society, Relay For Life, Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley, Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Burbank Veterans, Boy Scout Troop 50, Horses for Veterans and Dog Tags for Solders' Kids.