BELHAVEN, N.C. (WNCT) – The 4th of July is a time when many families come together.
For one family with deep roots in Belhaven, this year means more than fireworks and cookouts.
Chuck Boyette and his family stepped up in this year’s parade to fill some big shoes.
“It was Belhaven’s original first fire truck,” said Boyette. A 1934 edition pumper truck Chevrolet. “My father drove that every 4th of July”
Over the years, Dr. Charles Boyette, known around town as the man of many hats, refurbished the truck. But this year, he passed away at the age of 81.
Boyette told WNCT, “The town was nice enough to allow us to drive it in the parade in his honor.”
Chuck currently lives in Wilmington but says taking the wheel and driving his family brought back great memories.
“It’s like a homecoming for me, this is my home and where I grew up, Hoping that the children that were riding on the fire truck were having as good of an experience as I used to have growing up,” said Boyette, adding that the parade means a lot but they don’t forget what the day is all about.
“We are very much aware of the reason for the 4th of July and the patriotism that goes along with it,” said Boyette
At the time of his death, Dr. Boyette was a member of the town council and had served as mayor of Belhaven for 30 years.