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Posted on: November 25, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Santa to ride atop Murphy fire truck

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November 25, 2015

Santa Claus set to ride Murphy fire truck through City
Schedule starts Dec. 7 and continues until entire City is visited

MUPRHY (November 25, 2015) One of Murphy’s fire trucks will be accommodating an additional rider for a few evenings starting on Dec. 7, says Assistant Fire Chief Greg Werner.

“Once again this year, we will gladly be responding positively to Santa Claus’ request for a familiarization ride,” he said. “He will be transported throughout the City so he can get a good sense of Murphy’s layout. This is to ensure, of course, that he does not miss any streets or homes on Christmas Eve.”

Starting on the evening of Dec. 7 and continuing until the City is “covered,” Santa will ride atop a Murphy fire engine with lights ablaze, the bell ringing and accompanied by an occasional blast from the siren. The rides will cover every street in Murphy with the exception of short cul-de-sacs, and start promptly at 6:00 p.m. each evening, continuing until 8:30 p.m.

“We’ll take Kris Kringle around every evening starting on December 7, except Sundays. He’ll be strapped to the engine, so he won’t be able to get off and interact with anyone. In order to complete the entire City, the engine will not be able to stop for any length of time,” said Chief Werner.

Each neighborhood and subdivision will be included in the schedule. However, should there be rain, snow or a real-life emergency, the schedule for a particular neighborhood or subdivision may be altered. A map of the route will be posted on www.murphytx.org and updated every day.

“Special treats will be tossed from the fire truck as a thank you to the kids who come out to welcome Santa on his tour,” he said.

With that in mind, parents and guardians should accompany small children and monitor them as the fire truck makes its way through the neighborhoods.

“We look forward every year to this,” said the Chief. “The looks of the faces of the youngsters as Santa waves and smiles is very satisfying. And, of course, we surely do not want him to miss any streets on Christmas Eve.”

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