02/05/10 146 W, 1 I - + 7 - 5 Book Recommendation - Badges of the Bravest

By Gary R. Urbanowicz. Hardcover. 272 pages. Turner Publishing, 2002. Splendid, full-color history of the New York City Fire Department, as seen through the context of its badges. And as the nation's largest and thus perhaps most history-filled department, the badges and their histories represent every seeming facet of the American fire service: Volunteers. Paid personnel. Early associations and organizations. The New York Fire Patrol. Firefighters.Officers. Marine Division. Appointed positions. Special details, such as Housewatch, Theater Detail, and Photographer. Civilian and uniformed support position, such as Inspector, Communications, Repairs & Transportation, Accounts & Procurement. Band and glee clubs. Auxiliary corps. Salvage corps. Honorary members. Buffs. Associations, societies, and clubs. Special event badges. Presentation badges. EMS badges. Private fire brigades and departments. Federal fire departments. Related city agencies. State fire services. You get the picture. Bought my copy on Amazon.

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