Wednesday, July 4, 2007
4th. Of July
As america celebrates it's independance I remeber the 4th. July celebrations that took place over the years on White St. Bill Green used to put on a firework display that would make Coney Island jealous. Bill Green first began as a oil field firefighter in Texas. He became world famous as an innovator in the highly specialized and extremely hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping blazing, erupting oil wells, both land-based and offshore. Green was born in Houston, Texas, and attended Reagan High School. He began fighting oil well fires after returning from serving in a bomb disposal unit during Vietnam. Green started his career working for the MM Kinley Company, the "original" blowout/oil firefighting pioneer. Bill gained global fame in 1982, when he tackled a fire at a gas field in the Sahara nicknamed the Devil's Cigarette Lighter, a 450-foot (137m) pillar of flame. In 1988, he helped put out the Piper Alpha oil rig fire. At age 45, Green took part in extinguishing the oil well fires in Kuwait set by retreating Iraqi troops after the Gulf War in 1991. In 1978, Green's top lieutenants Asger "Boots" Hansen and Ed "Coots" Matthews left to found competitor Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc. Green was the basis for the Kurt Russell character Bull McCaffrey in the film Backdraft. He even appeared as an extra in the film. Green sadi after fighting the oil well fires in Kuwait, "I've done made a deal with the devil. He said he's going to give me an air-conditioned place when I go down there, if I go there, so I won't put all the fires out." Here's to you Bill Green.