RALEIGH - The Raleigh Fire Department concluded its centennial year with a formal ball at the
Raleigh Convention Center. Some 580 people attended, including active members of the department, retired
members, city officials, state officials, friends and family members. Speakers included event planners
Battalion Chief Alan Walters (retired), Captain David Barefoot, and Battalion Chief Mike Hayes; Fire Chief
John McGrath; and Historian Mike Legeros. Special presentations included recognition for Chief McGrath
from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and recognition for the Raleigh Fire Department
from the North Carolina State Firemen's Association. Large time was had by all. Mike Legeros photographs.