Among the Buffs

Issue 3 and Volume 108.

Among the Buffs TOPS in interest for fire buffs this month was the publication of a book, “Fires and Firefighters,” by Fan John V. Morris who sent this column an advance copy. The book is both a history of the fire service and a detailed account of several disasters. Two of the chapters were recently published in Saga and True Magazines. Morris’ book contains a number of his own drawings. He points out in the preface that he became a fire fan when he was taken by his family, including his aunt (“fire fans all”) to a firehouse where a chief picked him up and gave him a ride down the brass pole. “It must have been in the magic of that moment,” writes Morris, “as he (the chief) and I descended through the hole in the floor and looked down over the apparatus and harness all polished and ready…

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