09/26/12 281 W, 1 I - + 5 - 5 History Book - Retiree Pages

More about this project (see prior posting). One of the neater features of Raleigh Fire Department Centennial History Book are the retiree portrait pages. For the first time ever, we're including portraits of every retiree-- living or deceased-- since the beginning of the city retirement system in 1949. That's about 350 portraits, plus a few more as we find them. (Plus those not pictured, maybe 15 or 20.)

Couple things have made this possible. Digital publishing tools, for starters. We're able to scan the older commemorative books and produce reasonable quality images, where photographic original don't exist. Ditto for other lower-quality sources. Next is the extensive digging by Yours Truly-- conducted both during this project and in prior years-- that has yielded both pictures and picture data.

(The latter is the Centennial Roll Call, which Historian Mike Legeros has been building for years. Official records were incomplete, so he constructed his own master list. Didn't happen in a vacuum, mind you. Lots of data verification from paper sources. Lots of interviews and oral histories as secondary sources, to check and double-check and triple-check the data. Was such an effort that he's left sometimes talking in third person...)

We're still working on these pages and the portraits. Active and retired personnel are reviewing the captions, to ensure the right person is pictured and the right data is diplayed. We're still trying to find a few more photos, and trying to get portraits or head shots if at all possible. Versus cropped snapshots, which don't look nearly as good. We'll also have separate pages for those who died off-duty (Gone to Soon) and on-duty (Fallen Firefighters). Click to enlarge this sample:

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