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Upcoming Lecture Gives Insight into History of Auburn Fire Dept.


You can soon learn more about the history of the Auburn Fire Department (AFD).

Lieutenant Brian Jessie and Firefighter Tim Stevens will give a Presentation on Thursday on the department’s long and storied history.

Speaking with Finger Lakes News Radio, Stevens explained the presentation will cover the history of the department from its inception to the modern day. It will also focus on milestones and important events for the fire departments, such as the switch from horse-drawn carriages to a mechanized fleet and the 1960 gas station explosion that claimed the lives of three firefighters and two civilians.

“By and large, it will be a history of the department and what a gem we have in the Finger Lakes with the Auburn Frie Department,” said Stevens.

He also noted the presentation will touch on the AFD’s long tradition of members serving the community while outside of the uniform.

“[Cheif Edward Jewhurst] really wanted the firemen to be regarded in the community as pillars and thought that the firemen should put their best foot forward, not only while they were at work, but while they were away at work, and that tradition has held true.”

As an example of the department’s history of charity work, he referenced a 1932 campaign where AFD members gathered broken toys to refurbish them for needy children.

The free lecture is part of Ward O’Hara’s Agricultural Museum’s Martha Shaw Harvesting History Series. The event will be held at 6:00p at the museum.

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