Historic Bell Becomes Memorial to Deceased Volunteers

Historic Bell Becomes Memorial to Deceased Volunteers

The town of Greenwich, Conn. will preserve for posterity the memory of its deceased volunteer firemen by dedicating to them the old Amogerone fire bell, used to sound alarms for 65 years.

Dedication services held Sunday, October 7, 1956, followed a parade of all eight Greenwich fire companies. The three oldest living members of the volunteer companies, which still fight fire in the Town, jointly unveiled the monument, of which the bell is the symbolic part. They are William R. Lally of Amogerone Fire Co. No. 1, George Griggs of the Volunteers and Frederick Baker of the Fire Patrol. Funds for the monument were provided by the three central companies.

The brass bell, weighing 2,000 pounds, mounted on granite suitably inscribed to the deceased members of Amogerone Fire Co. No. 1, Volunteer Hose and Chemical Co. No. 2 and the Greenwich Fire Police Patrol, occupies a prominent place in Circle Park.

In the dedicatory address Leonard S. Clark, member of the Board of Education, said the talisman may be “perhaps the finest monument of all that have been so far placed in our community, for this monument does not name names nor does it recall dates, but it does recall that wonderful army of volunteers who have given their all for their brother men. . . . We must think of all of those other volunteers who do serve this community day by day and night after night. This town, this state, and this nation, simply could not exist if it were not for that great and wonderful group which we call volunteers.”

Fire Chief Stuart Potter, of Greenwich said, “It is only fitting that we should pause in memory of those men . . . who banded together many years ago for the protection of their neighbors.” Other speakers included Deputy Fire Chief Henry P. Crawford, Deputy Police Chief James P. Healey and Chairman Graves.

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