Honoring Steve Pyatt

Clinton rolls out new fire pumper at Station 2

Clinton firefighters John Nelson, left, and Hunter Holt stand with the city’s new nearly $520,000 rescue pumper stationed last week at Station 2 in South Clinton. (photo:G. Chambers Williams III )
Clinton put its newest fire truck into service last week at Station 2 in South Clinton, a Pierce rescue pumper that has been designated Engine 2.

City Manager Roger Houck said the city paid $519,915 for the new truck out of “reserve funds” on May 9.

“We also have ordered our new Engine 3, which will go into service at our headquarters station downtown,” he said.

Because of supply issues that are delaying fire equipment purchases nationwide, the new Engine 3 probably won’t arrive until early 2024, Houck said.

“We are truly blessed with such a supportive city council, city manager, and city residents,” the fire department said in a Facebook post announcing the addition of the truck. “The Clinton Fire Department is pleased to introduce to you our newest member of our fleet.

“Engine 2 went into service effective today to serve as the primary fire engine at Station 2 in the South Clinton Community.”:

The truck also has something special about it. On each front fender, the initials “SWG” are painted.

“In honor of long-time member of the Clinton Fire Department, our dear friend, Steven Wayne Pyatt’s initials are placed on the front corners of our apparatus, as a constant reminder that he is always with us.”

Pyatt, who lived in Norris, died April 10 at age 65 following complications from heart surgery.

He was raised in Clinton, TN, “where he spent his life giving back to the community,” according to his published obituary.

A 1974 graduate of Clinton High School, Pyatt was a Clinton volunteer firefighter for 45 years.

During high school and college, he was a lifeguard at the Clinton City pool, along with his brothers, Larry and David.

He was “an outstanding high school basketball player and earned a position on the 1974 Junior Varsity team at the University of Tennessee,” the obituary said.

“Following UT, Steve worked for the Anderson County Juvenile Court, Regions Bank and in 1985 founded Steve Pyatt Insurance.”

He also was a longtime NCAA basketball referee, seen on court during many NCAA tournament games.