I was saddened by the news today of Rex's passing, 35 years ago Rex took a brand spanking new, still wet behind the ears rookie under his wing when I first came out of training and was assigned to Pump 18. Rex was the Engineer at Station 18 at the time and helped teach me to drive the old 5 speed Ward-LaFrance engine there. He was one if the most low keyed, calm and professional people I ever had the honor to work with. Several years after his retirement, I made a fire 2 doors down from his home, as I came out of the fire and took off my air mask and helmet, Rex came up and gave me a big hug. I remember the two rookies on the truck with me that day, wondering who the heck that old guy was hugging the Lt. Rex and I talked about the good old days for a few minutes and he congratulated me on making Lt. before I had to go back to work, unfortunately that was the last time I spoke with him. I know the good Lord needed a good Engineer to drive one of his trucks in Heaven, so he called you home. Rest easy old friend, I look forward to seeing you again some day and catching up on old times.