11/24/08 174 W - + 10 - 10 Firemen Patrol Downtown Area (1941)

From the News & Observer on December 17, 1941, ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor: the entire Raleigh Fire Department yesterday volunteered to "do their part" to prevent sabotage. Last night, a shift of eight aided police by patrolling the "downtown district." All 56 department members organized into two shifts. Some 17 men will patrol each night in two shifts. The first works 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The second works 1 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. There's no pay for the extra work; the men volunteered to perform "guard duty" on their own time. Fire Chief W. R. Butts noted that they would "work chiefly to prevent fires" but had also been sworn as police officers and had the "power to make arrests." He also requested public cooperation in "keeping cars and trucks out of alleys and off the streets in the business district late at night." Otherwise, firemen would be "seriously hindered" in case of an emergency.

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