Remembering “Squad 51”: Petersen’s Automotive Museum

By May 8, 2009 News No Comments

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If you find yourselves in LA, and you’re looking for something to do, you may want to head down to The Petersen’s Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Petersen’s Automotive Museum is temporarily displaying “Squad 51” from “Emergency!” The squad is located in the “Hollywood Cars” section of the museum (she looks great there).

Last spring, the museum board asked us to come down and celebrate the squad’s temporary new home. What made the evening so special for me was that eight of the ten original LACoFD paramedics were there, and they were being honored at the ceremony. Some of these paramedics even trained Kevin and I when we first started shooting “Emergency!” In fact, I haven’t seen most of them since then. Some of the Project 51 crew was there and Hayma (Screech) Washington, my partner and Co-Executive Producer for USAR-1, stopped by as well.

Since I’ve seen “Squad 51” a few times before, I sneaked away from the festivities to have a look at some of the other vehicles. I saw a lot of really cool cars, but I saw one that made me stop dead in my tracks (and drool). I turned to Kristen and said, “I’d like to hit ‘Route 51’ in that!”