History of the New York Fire Department

Issue 7 and Volume 15.

History of the New York Fire Department CHAPTER 3 THE year of 1731 was the beginning of a memorable epoch in the history of New York and its famous Fire Department. Then came into use the new hand fire engines. Then was laid the foundation of that gallant emulous, and self-sacrificing body of volunteers, the record of whose deeds will read to posterity like an old romance. Just as the chronicles of the doughty Crusaders touch the hearts of youth of to-day, so will the history of the achievements of the old volunteer companies of the Empire City fire the bosoms of generations to come. This year saw the nucleus of a fine body of athletic men, ever ready to risk life and limb for the public weal. Soon were to be identified with those primitive engines, names that will live forever in our history, such as the Harpers, the…

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