Telling the Department's Story
The long history of a Massachusetts community's fire department gets a thorough recounting in "Leominster Firefighting," another of the many local histories told by Arcadia Publishing. Firefighter Roger LaPointe, the fourth in his family to serve in the department, has amassed dozens of photos, official records and personal stories to tell the history of the department founded in 1820 and still going strong today. His story and photos show how the department was formed, its gradual transition to a permanent, professional operation and the equipment and training firefighters experienced. THere are also stories and photos of parades, large fires the department fought over the years, and the community involvement of firefighters as volunteers and as professionals. Thisi is a particularly well-organized and carefully presented collection of pictures and text, a pleasure for both local Leominster residents and firefighter buffs.
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