Detroit Adds Another Company
Engine Company No. 58 was formally put into service at 9:40 a. m. on December 1, 1928. This company is the latest addition to the Detroit Fire Department and is located at the intersection of Whittier and Lakepointe Avenues in the extreme eastern end of the city, which location takes care of a section that is now rapidly building up.
The new quarters are housed in a two-story building of cut stone and brick construction of the most modern type. On the ground floor is the apparatus room and watch desk, a sitting room for the men, a dining room and kitchen directly to the rear, the latter being equipped with all the latest appliances, including electric refrigeration. In addition, the ground floor also takes care of various requirements for housekeeping utensils, drying and storing of firemen’s equipment, together with a lavatory, and entrance to the hose tower. The stairway to the second floor leads front the rear of the apparatus room. The dormitory above is well lighted, and there is also on the second floor separate office and sleeping quarters for the officers. At the rear is a large locker room and adjoining is the company’s wash room.
The formalities inaugurating the new company were simple but impressive. The officers and men were lined up at attention and addressed in a short but impressive speech by Chief Stephen DeMay regarding the responsibilities of this new company. Thereupon, Battalion Chief John W. Curry of the Sixth Battalion reported to Deputy Chief W. H. Dodenhoff that the new company was present and ready for duty. This, in turn, was conveyed to Chief DeMay who informed Central Telegraph Headquarters. The “in-service” taps were then sent to ail fire companies in the city and Engine 58 became an actuality.
The ceremonies were witnessed by various friends of the officers and men and a number of citizens interested in fire department developments.
In addition to Captain Terhune and Lieutenant Schneider, the company is composed of the following men: F. W. Doherty, W. J. Willoughby, R. E. Rahn, C. Phillips, N. M. Fohey, O. J. Schultz, A. L. Strom, C. M. Bidleman, R. Langlois, A. O. Banks, G. J. Soden, F. E. Rowe, W. J. Liplce, B. P. Centille.