The Old Chief. "The Old Chief never dies, he just flames out." The Old Chief, a proud volunteer fireman who worked his way up to chief. Although semi-retired now he is still ready at the drop of a fireman's hat, to gear up to protect and the serve the citizens of Stotts City, whether they be man or bear. The Chief wanted to be a fireman since elementary school. One day they brought the fire truck and real firemen came to the school and you got to sit behind the wheel of the fire truck and, even better. They gave you one of those red plastic fireman hats and you could take it home with you. What a country! Well, "The Old Chief" has been hooked ever since. Now he is ready to perform one more service on behalf of the Stotts City Volunteer Firer Department. He will be going to live with whoever's ticket is drawn the night of September 6th at the Stotts City Tractor Pull (also to benefit the fire dept.) He will be a solid family member wherever he winds up. All he asks is that you change the batteries in your smoke detector and if the fire phone rings. Well, you know where he'll need to go.
The Old Chief is a one of a kind all original Stearnsy Bear. The all jointed classic style Teddy Bear is handcrafted from a synthetic material. His outfit is really unique. Vicky Stearns constructed the coat and boots from original Stotts City Fire Department equipment. About 15 years ago or so the late Ellen Marie Gartener of Stotts City has us make a custom bear for her husband Laverne, who had spent considerable years as the fire chief. She supplied the original discarded equipment. "The Old Chief" is what we turned out.