Dead End Kids
Drill TeamExcelsior Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 has been involved in drill team competition since the birth of the Company. They have won trophies dating back to the 1880's until today. The name "The Dead End Kids" was given to the team by Chief Edward Kohout in 1941. The Dead End Kids have proved themselves to be tough competitors in any sport they entered including Department Volleyball, Football, Old Fashioned and Motorized Fire Department Racing, instilling in them a great sense of company pride.
Between 1971 and 2000 the Dead End Kids dominated old fashioned fire department racing winning a total of 27 Championships in the 2nd Battalion, 18 Nassau County Total Point Championships and 7 New York State Championships, along the way setting 14 New York State records. In 2001, the team switched from old fashion competition to the very competitive and expensive field of motorized racing.
In 2001 they only had the financial resources to purchase a “B” rig but slowly with fund raisers, sponsorships and donations they were able to acquire a “C” rig in 2002. In 2009 the motorized team opened up and had members of Engine, Hose 1 and Hose 3 compete with them. They have shown improvement every year proving themselves to be a team to be reckoned with.
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