- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A new fire and rescue boat named after a longtime Clear Lake firefighter is ready for use.

A christening ceremony was held Thursday for the 26-foot boat named in honor of the late Frankie “Bud” Meyers, the Globe Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Rhe8fX ) reported.

Meyers was assistant fire chief from 1974 until his retirement in 1993. He also is the father of current Clear Lake Fire Chief Doug Meyers.

Diane and Mark Holt of Mason City donated $275,000 for the boat. Diane Holt, who is a daughter of Frankie Meyers, said it was special to see her father’s nickname painted on the side of the boat.

“It just makes me so proud,” she said. “I just wish he was here. I know he is. He’s probably watching us right now.”

Meyers’ widow, Helen, also was on hand for the ceremony. She helped break a champagne bottle against the boat before it entered the water.

Fire Boat Bud will be kept in a covered lift at City Beach until it’s needed. Having it there allows for a fast response time in fighting lakefront blazes, battling fires on other vessels and assisting in rescues, according to a spokesman for the Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

The boat’s 1,000-gallon-per-minute pump can pull enough water out of the lake for two fire engines. It’s also outfitted with side-scanning sonar and a night-vision camera.

Mark Holt said he hopes firefighters never need to use Fire Boat Bud, but knows they will at some point in the future.

“In the eventuality that Bud’s services are required, we pray he serves as faithfully as his namesake, Frankie Meyers, known as Bud,” he said.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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