Fire Department Honors Dead Heroes
Fallen war heroes in Grand Rapids, Mich., are remembered by memorials in churches, schools and other buildings. The city also honored the one member of its fire department to lose his life in World War II. Firefighter Clair Evans, of Engine 3, who died in action in 1945, had the department’s new $21,000 ladder truck dedicated to him.
This practice of honoring war heroes and other local celebrities, which is gradually spreading throughout the nation, had its origin, it is believed, in the south. Memphis, Tenn., long ago dedicated fire apparatus to locally prominent persons. The practice of naming apparatus after deceased membeys of the fire department, however, is more recent.