11/26/10 143 W - + 8 - 11 Washington Fire-Rescue-EMS Remembers State's First Fallen Firefighter

Just about caught up after Turkey Day. My trusty Google alerts found this article from the Washington Daily News, about the fire department's efforts to remember the state's first recorded fallen firefighter. Edward Peed was struck and killed by a burning wall on February 8, 1902. He was a volunteer firefighter and a member of Washington's all-black Salamander Fire Company.

The article recounts historical details credited to Yours Truly, and which were likely drawn from these fallen firefighter histories of mine. It also tells about a former's member's search for Peed's grave, and how his headstone was located in a old private black cemetery.

The marker was relocated to a memorial garden at the fire station in 2000. The town is now working toward installing a new monument at Beebe Park to further memorialize Peed. Read the entire story.

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