Firemen’s Monument Dedicated at Rahway, N. J.
In the presence of more than 5,000 persons, including fire officials from that section of the State, Rahway, N. J., last Wednesday unveiled and dedicated a very attractive monument, erected in memory of their dead comrades. The shaft, an illustration of which is here produced, is thirteen feet and six inches in height, the base being seven feet of excellent Quincy granite, which is surmounted by an Italian marble figure of a fireman in action, which is six feet and six inches high. It is located in a triangle park to the west and in close proximity to the Pennsylvania railroad in plain view of the millions that pass during the year. It is not only a monument to the dead, but a monument to the fidelity and bravery of the living, for no city has a more conscientious and tenacious band of flame combatters than the little city at the head of navigation of the Rahway river. Their services are not only volunteered, but the men have bought and paid for the greater part of the facilities with which they perform their duty. They own much of the apparatus, uniforms and horses and practically maintain these out of their personal funds. All this is a saving to the city, which has been slow to appreciate the service, largely because of derogatory opinions expressed by irresponsible and blatant interlopers who, like parasites, have fastened themselves upon the city with political aspirations and insane reformatory ideas. However, as right will always prevail, the Rahway fire department, after a struggle, has achieved the aim decided upon a score of years ago. The dedicatory exercises were presided over by Mayor T. A. Fyffe, and addresses were made by President H. L. Lamphear, president of the Rahway Firemen’s Relief Association; Secretary William Exall, of the State firemen’s Relief Association , John W. Gibson, auditor of the Relief Fund. An important feature of the occasion was a street parade in which the various companies in the fire department participated with several bands of music, A. Edward Woodruff, a New York attorney, but a resident of Rahway, acting as grand marshal. A score or more of automobiles carrying more than a hundred citizens were also in line. Among the visitors from other cities were Lhief August Gcrstung, Commissioner Fred Render and Julius Kaimcr of Elizabeth, and John Kinnell, president of the State Exempt Fireman’s Association. The committee in charge of the arrangements, including the procuring of the monument, consisted of H. L. Lamphear, Robert Kinsey, James P. Dunn and H. Gruener. A large amount of the funds for its purchase came from the firemen themselves.