Our firemen; a record of the faithful and heroic men who guard the property and lives in the city of Detroit, and a review of the past, giving the history of the Fire department since the early settlement of the city, with a ... glance at our city of to-day

Title

Our firemen; a record of the faithful and heroic men who guard the property and lives in the city of Detroit, and a review of the past, giving the history of the Fire department since the early settlement of the city, with a ... glance at our city of to-day

Subject

Fire department history
Detroit, MI
Michigan

Description

Time was when the fire engine companies in any city were, to a large extent, important social organizations, with more or
less of influence in political affairs, and a general interest and participation in all details of the general welfare. To-day all this is changed. The art of fighting fire is a specialty, and the Fire Department of Detroit is one of the most extensive and one of the best equipped organizations of the kind in existence. Every member of the department is a specialist, whose skill and courage is backed by an absolute singleness of purpose—the protection of lives and property for the citizens, who are their employers. The Detroit Fire Department, exceptionally favored by the presence of an esprit de corps beyond criticism, has won a record that is without a blemish as to its loyalty, its vigilance and its skill, and with such a record it has won the right to a practical, permanent and sincere testimonial, in the bestowal of which all citizens may participate. Such is the purpose of this work. Here will be found an accurate, authentic record of the fire-fighting service of Detroit from the clays of the bucket-bag-and-ladder provisions of a century ago down to the present time ; here are given the names of officers and men long since "passed over to the majority," records of the old methods and the new ones, of the old fights and festivals and the modern achievements when fire fighting is a business—a profession. Here will be found the roll of honor, with its list of heroic dead, whose epitaphs include thematchless detail, " Died while performing their duty ," and here, too, is given an exhibit as to the liberality and public spirit of the city in providing a department of such an extent and such excellence. The reader will also find many interesting personal reminiscences by members of the Old Volunteer Fire Department, who are still living ; numerous and excellent engravings showing the buildings, apparatus and officers of the present Department, and brief references to neighborly assistance bestowed by the Detroit Fire Department on the occasion of important conflagrations at Chicago, Windsor and Pontiac. Finally, in addition to the 265 pages of text, there is shown an authentic representation, in portraiture, of a considerable number of the leading public-spirited residents of the city. In brief, " Our Firemen," issued for the benefit of the Firemen's Fund Association, is, as the publishers believe, a work which is complete in fulfilling the purpose for which it was conceived, and that purpose is one which, it is apparent, merits and commands the approval and substantial recognition of every taxpayer in the city.

Creator

Hathaway, Charles S.

Source

HathiTrust - http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/003933627

Publisher

J. F. Eby & Co.

Date

1894

Rights

Public domain

Format

application/html
application/pdf

Type

text

Coverage

1805 - 1894; Detroit, MI

Local URL

http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015071308699?urlappend=%3Bseq=1

Files

Citation

Hathaway, Charles S., “Our firemen; a record of the faithful and heroic men who guard the property and lives in the city of Detroit, and a review of the past, giving the history of the Fire department since the early settlement of the city, with a ... glance at our city of to-day ,” Fire Files Digital Library, accessed November 22, 2017, http://fire.omeka.net/items/show/598.