04/13/12 156 W, 1 I - + 2 - 9 Raleigh Fire Department Volunteer Fire Company Medallions


These two medallions are among recent items added to the Raleigh Fire Museum. They're from retired Capt. Dave Godfrey, a veteran fire memorabilia collector. They're also extremely rare. The medallions will be displayed at Saturday's opening. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location is 105 Keeter Center Drive. See prior posting about Saturday.

These were issued to members of the Capital Hose Company (1887-1912) and the L.A. Mahler Steamer Company (1906-1912). The former was a hand reel company that organized after the installation of the city's first fire hydrants in 1887. They became horse-drawn in 1889. The latter operated the horse-drawn 1905 American LaFrance steam engine, and were named for a former Raleigh fire chief.

Both companies were disbanded after the formation of the career department in December 1912. Read a history of the city's volunteer companies (PDF). Learn more history at www.raleighfirehistory.org. Click once or twice to enlarge:
 







  
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