04/14/13 142 W, 1 I - + 6 - 6 Our Lady of the Angels Run Card / SJFPA

Here's an interesting artifact from the Land of Buffs (basically the whole of the northeastern United States). One side is an advertisement for a photo night sponsored by the South Jersey Fire Photographers Association. (Greater urban density = more fires and more fire photographers!) The other side is reproduction of a Chicago Fire Department box alarm card for Our Lady of the Angels elementary school at 3820 W. Iowa Street. Ninety-two children and three nuns were killed when the school burned on December 1, 1958. Says this Wikipedia page, it's the nation's third most deadly school disaster. Here's a site dedicated on remembering the fire, which includes this list of the companies that responded to the fire. This comes courtesy of veteran (and now relocated to Nash County) Camden/Philly-area fire photographer Bob Bartosz. Click to enlarge:

Great pic. This bit of history will be finding it’s way to my fire alarm class, if you don’t mind sir?
Don Johnson (Email) - 04/21/13 - 19:55

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