An Appreciation of the Volunteer

Issue 7 and Volume 79.

An Appreciation of the Volunteer There are always many who will champion the cause of the volunteer fireman, and the public is more and more realizing the unselfishness and big-heartedness of volunteer firemen. Chief John F. Bowers has sent in the following clipping which has appeared in the Bellefonte, Pa., newspaper. Very often we hear the remark: “Where are the firemen?” “Why don’t they get here?” To us the query has always been: How do they get to a fire as promptly as they do. As a matter of fact they are under no obligation other than their will to help to go at all. Besides, the critic should remember, if he beats them to a conflagration, that he has only done it because he happened nearby at the time. He loses sight, entirely, of the fact that the fireman may live squares away from his engine house and must…

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