The Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association responded mutual aid to Slackwood
Fire Companys district to help battle a bus fire on Tuesday, February
16, 1943. The Trenton Evening Times published the following brief account
on the front page of that nights editions: A New York to
Philadelphia Greyhound bus caught fire on the Brunswick Pike, just north
of Colonial Lakelands, at 8:15 a.m. today and was destroyed. Eleven
passengers and the driver were able to leave the vehicle with their
baggage before the flames made headway. Patrolman George Bond of Lawrence
Township police flashed an alarm to Radio Dispatcher Walter Welsh at
Trenton police headquarters and the Slackwood and Lawrence Road fire
companies were dispatched. Meanwhile, some of the bus passengers were
taken to a nearby diner, while the others went to the home of Lawrence
Police Chief Joseph P. Stonicker, in front of whose home the incident
occurred. The bus driver notified his office in Philadelphia and another
bus was sent to Trenton to continue the run.
The oldest fire company incident reports that still exist are from 1943.
Incident reports from earlier years have all been lost or destroyed.
In many cases, the reports that have survived are incomplete and list
very few details. One report that is significantly more complete than
most is for a house fire that occurred on Eggerts Crossing Road on Tuesday,
April 6, 1943. The time listed is 6:05, but it is not marked whether
it is morning or afternoon. The report states that the fire building
was a one-story frame bungalow and that the blaze originated in an oil
stove. The report shows that the fire spread through the entire residence,
completely destroying the structure, which had an estimated value of$300.
The report states that Lawrenceville and Slackwood were called
because of lack of water, and Lawrence Road firefighters remained
on the scene for one hour and 45 minutes. Unfortunately, no newspapers
articles about this fire have so far been found.
During the meeting held on Monday, April 12, 1943, Chief Anthony Pilla
reported on the Eggerts Crossing Road house fire. He also reported on
seven grass fires, one woods fire, a fire at the Johnson Avenue dump
(on March 28, 1943), and a garage fire on Smithfield Avenue (on April
10, 1943). Other business attended to during the meeting included: A
letter was read from the township committee requesting the names of
all members who had entered the service. Thomas Hawthorne drew up the
list. The delegates to the Mercer County Firemens Association
reported that all civilian defense workers must be 16 years of age or
older before they are eligible for compensation if injured while performing
duty. William Marsh proposed that we as a company donate blood to the
Red Cross blood bank. A committee was appointed to get details.
The sad news that Lawrence Road firefighter Stephen R. Mendrey Jr. had
been killed in the line of duty while serving with the U.S. armed forces
in World War II was announced during the meeting held on Monday, May
10, 1943. Also during the meeting Chief Anthony Pilla reported
on three field fires. The delegates to the Mercer County Firemens
Association reported that Memorial Day services have been cancelled
because of World War II. William Marsh was appointed a committee of
one to inquire into the purchase of an Honor Roll. The Blood Bank committee
reported progress. Thomas Hawthorne is the new Captain of Fire Police.
Leo Balaam resigned as chairman of the Board of Trustees and turned
in the strong box and papers because heis
entering the armed forces.
During the meeting held on Monday, June 14, 1943, Chief Anthony
Pilla reported no fires. He reported all fire hydrants were flushed
and greased. The Sick committee reported that flowers were sent to Stephen
Mendreys funeral. Pall bearers were from the company and a fire
truck was used for the flowers. Thomas Hawthorne moved that the chairman
of the Honor Roll committee be empowered to purchase an Honor Roll...
On Sunday, July 4, 1943, the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association unveiled
an Honor Roll of members serving the nation in World War II. The Trenton
Sunday Times Advertiser published the following preview of the event
in that days editions: An honor roll bearing the names of
38 members of the Lawrence Road Volunteer Fire Association serving in
the armed forced will be unveiled today at 4 p.m. at the companys
headquarters on the Lawrence Road. Mercer County Common Pleas Judge
Frank S. Katzenbach will deliver the principal address. Joseph Crans,
vice president of the company, will preside. Short talks will be given
by Chief Anthony Pilla; G.S. Boetsma, representing the township committee;
Capt. Robert Wilson of the 717th Military Police Battalion; Foster Jemison
and Russell Smith, past presidents of the company; Lt. D.R. Gurnery,
also of the 717th Military Police Battalion; and Claude Dilts, representing
Selective Service Board 2. The Rev. Howard R. Peters will deliver the
opening prayer and Rev. John Ketter will pronounce the benediction.
The honor roll has been erected in front of the firehouse. The Lawrence
Road Fire Co. has one of the largest contingents among fire companies
in Mercer County in the armed forces.
list of names on the honor roll, in order of their appearance, read:
Leo Balaam, Rocco Calderone, Mark Cermele, L. Bruce Cranston, Robert
W. Davis, James C. Dorety, Mark J. Falcone, Donald Gallimore, Robert
W. Goulding, Earl Harris, Thaddeus Kicinski, Robert J. Lownie, Stephen
R. Mendrey Jr., Richard G. Lauderback, Gilbert W. Mervine, Anthony Pasquita,
Michael Pilla, Nickolas Pilla, Paul E. Radlinsky, Christine Rossi, Norman
Rossi, Albert E. Schoeller Jr., Walter A. Schoeller, Robert Smith, Carl
F. Sommers, Henry Dantzig, William Stienmetz, Louis Sylvester, Peter
Simonelli, Russell Tettemer, Edmund Tromphone, Melvin P. Walker, Anthony
DeAntonia, George Welde, Richard A. Walter, William H. Walter Jr., Lyman
H. Burbank, and Joseph G. Denny.
Highlights from the minutes of the company meeting held on Monday, July
12, 1943, include: William Marsh reported on the dedication of
the Honor Roll. The roll was dedicated on July 4, 1943. Judge Frank
Katzenbach was the principal speaker. Other speakers were Foster Jemison,
Claude Dilts, and Capt. Robert Wilson. Miss Mendrey, sister of Stephen
Mendrey, unveiled the Honor Roll. The Hamilton Square Band provided
the music. Upon motion of Joseph Pilla, a vote of thanks was awarded
chairman William Marsh and his committee. It was moved that $15 be donated
to the Hamilton Square Band for its services on July 4. The secretary
was ordered to send letters to Mr. Ribsam, Capt. Robert Wilson and John
Biehl for helping to make our dedication a success. Chief Anthony Pilla
reported no fires. He reported that batteries were replaced in the engines,
and 12 coats and 12 brooms were purchased. Herbert Jaeger donated 12
hats for dress affairs. Mr. Pilla suggested that a letter be sent to
Freeholder Bray asking for stone for surfacing our new parking lot.
During the September 1943 meeting, which is undated in the minutes,
Chief Anthony Pilla reported one fire - a Slackwood call. Anthony
Pilla reported that George Welde is in the hospital as a result of injuries
received in the line of duty in the U.S. Army. It was moved that the
Sick committee be notified of all boys injured in the service and the
committee be authorized to send mementos to all who are wounded. Thomas
Hawthorne was appointed the chairman of the committee to send gifts
to the boys in the service for Christmas. President James Hindley requested
some top soil for filling our side lot from the township committee.
The secretary was ordered to write a letter to Pillas garage ordering
a six dozen flash light batteries.
According to the minutes of the next meeting held on Monday, October
10, 1943, Chief Anthony Pilla reported on a fire in which a structure
burned to the foundation. The chief also reported about
a field fire on September 29, 1943, at the airport (Editors
Note: It is unclear what airport this refers to, however according to
the incident report it was located on Brunswick Pike) and a false alarm
at the Panelyte Corp.
On Friday, November 5, 1943, the
Trenton Evening Times published the following news brief: A report
on distribution of firefighting equipment, allocated by the Federal
Office of Civilian Defense to fire companies in Lawrence Township, was
made Wednesday evening to the township committee. Road Supervisor John
J. Combs, serving as local property officer for civilian defense, told
the committeemen of a recent meeting with the chiefs of the three companies
at which distribution was made. Committeeman Garrett Boetsma, chairman
of the police and fire reserve committee, and Col. Arthur Poillon, chairman
of the township defense council, were present. Chief James R. Smith
of the Slackwood Fire Co. was advised his organization was receiving
a trailer pump unit with necessary equipment. Chief Anthony Pilla of
the Lawrence Road Fire Co. was allocated gas masks, hose, extinguishers,
suits and helmets. Chief Oscar Eggert of the Lawrenceville Fire Co.
was given a skid pump unit and necessary equipment for his organization.
All the apparatus and equipment remains the property of the government.
Highlights from the minutes of the meeting held on November 8, 1943,
include: Chief Anthony Pilla reported on one fire. The chief reported
300 feet of 2.5-inch hose, 150 feet of 1.5-inch hose, three gas masks,
three coats, and three helmets have been issued for emergency use. The
chief reported the hose was tested at 160 pounds of pressure. A combination
drill was held with Slackwood and Ewing. The Mercer Count Firemens
Association meeting was held at Lawrence Road. Many comments were made
about the appearance of the house. The Ladies Auxiliary served refreshments.
W.H. Pierson requested donations for the Boonton home. The Chance committee
reported an excellent month. The trustees reported the steps and floor
remain to be refinished. Twenty-five tons of stone are to be furnished
by the county freeholders for our parking lot. The roof has been repaired
by Harold Daisley. A letter of thanks was ordered sent out.
During the meeting held on Monday, December 13, 1943, Chief Anthony
Pilla reported on four fires. The securing and operating of an ambulance
in the township was discussed but no action was taken. The trustees
report the room has been renovated and the members are requested to
keep it in shape. The Sick committee reported flowers were sent to William
Baker. Open house will be held New Years Day. Motion made the
recording secretary, financial secretary and treasurer received their
usual $6 salary for services during 1943. Motion made that Lawrence
Volunteer Fire Association contribute $5 to the Lawrence Road Red Cross
for Christmas bags for the Fort Dix hospital, and to the Ladies Aid
of the Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church for the dance they are sponsoring
for the members of the 717th Military Police Battalion stationed at
the 112th Field Artillery Armory. A resolution from the Board of Chosen
Freeholders granting stone for public parking lots was read, along with
a letter from Freeholder Stewart ODonnell notifying us of the
resolution. The secretary was ordered to write letters of acknowledgement
to Freeholders Bray and ODonnell. Retiring President James Hindley
thanked the members and officers for their cooperation throughout the
year and turned the chair over to President-elect Joseph Crans. A rising
vote of appreciation was tendered to James Hindley.
An incident report dated for Saturday, January 8, 1944, shows that the
members of the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association responded to a chimney
fire in the Smires residence, a two-story frame dwelling at the corner
of Darrah Lane and Princeton Pike. The fire was contained to the chimney
for about $200 worth of damages and the company was at the scene for
about one hour, according to the fire. The alarm time is listed as 12:15,
but it is not noted if that was morning or afternoon.
During the meeting held on Monday, February 14, 1944, details of three
fires were reported. According to existing incident reports, these were
an attic fire, out on arrival, at 66 Lawn Park Avenue on January 15,
1944; a car fire on Lawrence Road on January 25, 1944; and a grass fire
on Lawrence Road on February 9, 1944. Other business recorded in the
minutes of the meeting include: It was decided to waive the initiation
fee and dues of Junior Firemen between the ages of 16 and 18 years.
The secretary was order to inquire whether these Junior Firemen would
be covered by the blanket policy. The Sick committee reported that Chief
Anthony Pilla was visited in the hospital and William Baker is recuperating
at home. The Mercer County Firemens Association delegates reported
that Rusling Hose is starting a rescue squad.
On Friday, February 25, 1944, at about 9 p.m. the members of the Lawrence
Volunteer Fire Association were called to the scene of a fire in a lumber
yard on Princeton Avenue, according to the companys report on
the incident. Lawrence Road firefighters were on the job for 90 minutes.
Unfortunately, little other information about the blaze is known.
A raging fire destroyed the clubhouse of the Greenacres County Club
on Saturday, March 4, 1944. A dramatic photograph of the building in
flames accompanied the following story on the front page of the Trenton
Sunday Times Advertiser on March 5, 1944:
spectacular blaze, fanned by high winds, roared through the clubhouse
of the Greenacres Country Club on the Lawrenceville Road yesterday afternoon
for more than two hours, demolishing the two-story structure. Damage
was estimated by club officials at well over $100,000. Shortly before
noon, Harry Basch, resident manager of the club, his son, David, and
the greenskeeper, Andrew Chuma, discovered the fire. Chuma immediately
notified the Lawrence Road Fire Co. At about the same time, Lawrence
Township Radio Patrolman John Ball, who was cruising on the Lawrenceville
Road, noted the flames and radioed a report to Trenton Radio Dispatcher
Frank Parr. Parr relayed the alarm to Lawrence Township police and all
nearby fire companies.
of water at the scene defied efforts of four fire companies to control
the blazing clubhouse. Lawrenceville, Lawrence Road, Slackwood, and
Pennington Road fire companies sped up and down the highway filling
the booster tanks on their trucks and then pouring the contents on the
building to no avail. About two hours after the first alarm, the building
was a smoldering ruin.
and Chuma worked feverishly during the early stages of the blaze to
remove furniture and other valuable belongings from the first floor
of the clubhouse but over $8,000 in liquors, in addition to other valuables
stored in the basement and second floor of the building were lost. Basch
said he thought that the fire might have originated in the coal-burning
furnace or might have been due to a defect in the wiring. Efforts will
be made later by police and fire officials of Lawrenceville to determine
the exact cause. Firemen from all companies were under the direction
of Fire Chief Oscar Eggert of Lawrenceville, in whose district the blaze
occurred. Police were directed by Police Chief Joseph Stonicker, assisted
by Patrolmen John Ball and Joseph Olessi.
to the companys incident report on the Greenacres blaze, Lawrence
Road firefighters laid 1,500 feet of 2.5-inch hose and 100 feet of 1.5-inch
hose and utilized two ladders. They remained in service for eight hours
and pumped at least 2,400 gallons of water. A note on the incident report
states: Total loss, except for what was salvaged before the fire
got to it. Apparently, members of the Lawrence Volunteer Fire
Association were called back to the scene later that evening, as a separate
incident report indicates they were requested to salvage the old
During the meeting on Monday, March 13, 1944, 2nd Assistant Chief Thomas
Ettinger gave the chiefs report, detailing three field fires,
one garage fire, and four fires out of district (including the lumber
yard and Greenacres fires). He also reported on a drill at the
Navy receiving station and said members must respect the red lights
in front of the firehouse. Harold Edwards moved that a letter of thanks
and $10 be sent to the American Red Cross in appreciation of the service
rendered by their mobile canteen at the Greenacres fire. Motion passed.
The secretary was also ordered to send letters of appreciation to Mrs.
Joseph Pilla and Miss Josephine Pilla for the coffee and doughnuts they
served to the men at the Greenacres fire. A letter from Mrs. Lucille
M. Rink of the American Red Cross was read. Mrs. Rink thanked the company
for its donation to the Christmas bag fund and she offered the facilities
of the organization to our company at any time. The following amendment
to the constitution was offered by Harold Edwards: `Be it resolved that
any male citizen of legal age or any male citizen of 16 years of age
upon receipt of written consent of his parents or guardian may become
a member of this association upon application to the recording secretary
with the approval of two members of this association accompanied by
an initiation fee of $5, and upon receiving approval of the association
by ballot; two or more objectors to the applicant shall prevent his
election to membership.
April 10, 1944
Four field fires (on Eggerts Crossing Road on March 15, 1944; on Rosedale
Road on March 15, 1944; at Eldridge Avenue and Johnson Avenue on March
22, 1944; and on Lawrence Road near Greenacres on March 25, 1944) were
reported during the next company meeting, held on Monday, April 10,
1944. Other business recorded in the minutes of the meeting include:
All additional names for the Honor Roll are to be handed to William
Marsh. Motion passed that our Red Cross donation be increased to $50
so there will be at least $1 per member in the armed forces. Placement
of the captured Nazi war flag sent by Bud Lauderback was referred to
the Board of Trustees. The amendment to the constitution as read at
the March meeting was passed. James Balaam moved that the initiation
fee of new members be absorbed by the company but that they pay their
Eight field fires, including four out of district, and one car fire
on Lawrence Road were reported during the next meeting held on Monday,
May 8, 1944. It was also reported during the meeting that a drill
was held at Eldridge Park School. The building was evacuated in 65 seconds.
All fire extinguishers were checked and refilled. Under good and welfare,
it was reemphasized that the chief and House committee have full authority
over the conduct of members while in the meeting house or at drills.
The secretary was ordered to write a letter of thanks to Stephen P.
Wenczel for the chinaware donated by him to the firehouse.
reports show that the members of the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association
battled four dump fires in a months time. The first blaze on Johnson
Avenue occurred at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 1944. The company responded
with both engines, flowed at least 1,050 gallons of water and remained
on the scene 45 minutes. At about 10 p.m. that same night, July 30,
1944, the company was called back to the dump. Both engines again responded,
550 feet of 2.5-inch hose was used and the men were at work for more
than two hours. The following day, Monday, July 31, 1944, Lawrence Road
firefighters were again summoned to the dump at 3 p.m. They laid 1,000
feet of 2.5-inch hose and were on the job for three hours. Another dump
blaze was reported at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 1944. Only 500 feet
of 2.5-inch hose was used but Lawrence Road firefighters remained on
scene for eight hours.
August 14, 1944
Sad news opened the company meeting held on Monday, August 14, 1944
- The regular roll of business was suspended while Chaplain Ames
offered a prayer in memory of Lt. Earl Harris, who was killed in Italy
in active combat with the U.S. Air Force. Motion made that letters of
condolence be sent to the families of members who pass away while in
foreign service with the military forces of our country.
At 1 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 1944, a barn fire was reported on Bunker
Hill Road. According to the incident report, 22 members of the Lawrence
Volunteer Fire Association responded with both engines and worked for
nearly three hours. Unfortunately, little else is known about the blaze.
Another incident report, however, shows that one engine was sent back
later that same day to the scene to extinguish a rekindle of the ruins.
Highlights from the minutes of the company meeting held on Monday, October
9, 1944, include: Chief Anthony Pilla reported no fires. He also
stated that the old siren had been sold for $30. The permits for burning
fields are now available. William Marsh of the Honor Roll committee
stated that all names are now on the board and a gold star has been
added to Lt. Earl Harris name.
Members of the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association helped the Lawrenceville
Fire Co. battle a fire in a two-story house on Gordon Avenue on Sunday,
October 15, 1944. According to the incident report, Lawrence Road firefighters
responded with both engines, laid 800 feet of 2.5-inch hose and pumped
at least 2,250 gallons. Unfortunately, no other information on the fire
On Sunday, December 10, 1944, the Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association
was called to Eldridge Avenue for a garage fire. According to the incident
report, 150 feet of 2.5-inch hose and 200 feet of 1.5-inch hose were
used and the company was on the scene for 90 minutes. Two cars were
destroyed along with the garage.
During the meeting held on Monday, December 11, 1944, Chief Anthony
Pilla reported on two grass fires and the blaze in the Eldridge Avenue
garage. The chief reported the Sanford has been repaired and is
now back in service. Mr. Trautwein spoke in reference to the condition
of the Sanford and will be here on Sunday to demonstrate the pump. Leonard
Hilditch offered the idea that we solicit funds from the neighborhood
to pay for the repairs to the Sanford. Mr. Hilditch, after some discussion,
offered this motion: A delegation of 10 men be appointed by the
president at the January meeting to make a solicitation of the community
to raise funds to pay for the repairs to the Sanford. Motion passed.
Vincent Terranova moved that the treasurer, recording secretary and
financial secretary be paid $6 each. The condition of the roof was again
called to the attention of the trustees. Albert Schoeller, home on leave,
spoke to the group and complimented us on the way we are carrying on.
Officers for 1945 were elected. It was voted to hold open house on New
Years Day. A vote of thanks was awarded to Joseph Crans for his
work as president in 1944.
During the first meeting of 1945, held on Monday, January 8, Chief
Anthony Pilla reported there were no fires last month. The chief cautioned
anyone who drives the Sanford to beware of the booster brakes. They
will stop on a dime if necessary. The chief reported Signal 22 took
in approximately $700 and bought a truck for $450. They are now incorporated.
After completing renovations, they will exhibit the truck at various
fire company meetings. They are on call at any time they are needed.
The Ladies Auxiliary turned over $200 to go toward the Sanford repairs,
and a $25 donation from Greenacres Country Club was received. The Greenacres
donation was because of our aid at their fire last year. Motion was
made the secretary write a letter of thanks to the ladies Auxiliary
and to Greenacres. Chief Anthony Pilla moved we table the motion to
solicit funds from the engine repairs as we now have the money to pay
the bills. Under new business, Leonard Hilditch said he thought the
Eldridge School fire drill was last held a year ago. Chief Anthony Pilla
corrected that it was last in October and stated that the weather was
now too bad to hold any drills. Only two a year are necessary. He mentioned
that when the school extinguishers are refilled, he shows the older
school boys the proper method of discharging them.
During the meeting held on Monday, February 12, 1945, Chief Anthony
Pilla reported on two chimney fires - one at the Danzig residence at
51 Eldridge Avenue (on February 1, 1945), the other on Eggerts Crossing
Road (on February 7, 1945). During the first blaze, the chief reported,
two firefighters walked into a young maidens bedroom looking
for a fire to extinguish. During the second blaze, Lawrenceville
was called, but not needed. Other business recorded in the minutes
includes: The secretary was notified to send a letter of condolence
to the parents of William Lotta. He was killed in action December 12,
1944. Chief Pilla reported the Sanford is being driven to break in the
engine. The chiefs, assistant chiefs and fire police of the entire township
had a meeting to discuss the duties of fire police and cooperation between
companies for assistance at fires. Chief of Police Joseph Stonicker
and Fire Marshal David Newell attended the meeting. If any trucks carrying
explosives ever get on fire badly clear the neighborhood for 2,000 feet
in all directions. The trustees reported Harold Daisley was contacted
for roof repairs.
Highlights from the minutes of the company meeting held on Monday, March
12, 1945, include: Chief Anthony Pilla reported one field fire
tonight. Chief Anthony Pilla suggested an investigation be made into
a new heating system. The present system was declared inadequate and
insufficient. William Baker made the motion that the trustees get an
estimate for a new system. Thomas Ettinger donated the lumber and Joseph
Pilla donated the labor for the work bench in the boiler room. It was
moved we donate $50 to the Red Cross in support of our boys in the service.
The secretary was directed to write to the insurance company asking
about coverage of one our members helping another company at his own
Details of several grass fires were given during the meeting held on
Monday, April 9, 1945. Other items of interest recorded in the minutes
of that meeting include: Chief reported the township scraper leveled
the ground on the side of our building. The chief asked for a large
attendance at the next drill in order to police the grounds. Pennington
Road offered their ambulance services to us at any time.
A grass fire on Eldridge Avenue at 11 p.m. on April 9, 1945, and a fire
in a chicken house on Eggerts Crossing Road about 12:30 p.m. on April
14, 1945, were reported during the company meeting held on Monday, May
14, 1945. Also during the meeting, the chief asked that we apply
for the balance of our township appropriation. He said the oil pump
on the Diamond T was fixed and Mrs. Reed has a tower she will give us
for the siren. Dr. Carroll will be present on May 22 to give physical
exams. The following amendment was proposed and read for the first time:
Any member of the L.V.F.A. who for a period of 20 years has faithfully
served in the activities of the company may be placed on the Honorary
Life membership list of this company upon recommendation of the Advisory
Board and approved by the members of the company at a regular meeting.
This listing to entitle the members to all rights and privileges, and
exempt such members from payment of dues. The trustees reported
progress on the heating unit.
During the meeting held on Monday, June 11, 1945, Chief Anthony
Pilla reported one fire in Ewing. The chief reported that the tower
is ready to be erected at the rear of the firehouse. The Honorary Life
Membership amendment to the constitution was adopted. A recess was extended
for George Murphy of the Pennington Road Fire Co. to speak. He said
they are trying to build a good county fire police organization. He
extended an invitation to come to the fire police meeting on July 25.
He is working on getting a refreshment machine to serve food at fires.
Joseph Crans stated the American Legion is trying to open a post in
Lawrence Township and would like to know if they can use the firehouse
as a temporary meeting place. A motion was made and passed that we allow
the American Legion post to use the building until they find a regular
place of their own, so long as their meetings do not conflict with our
use of the hall.
Highlights from the minutes of the company meeting held on Monday, August
13, 1945, Chief Anthony Pilla reported no fires. The siren is
now completed on the new tower. Alfred Staller donated wire for the
tower. The secretary was directed to write a letter of condolence to
Alfred Staller on the loss of his son William. Estimates from J.B. Hunt
and Security Fire Equipment were received on 300 feet of 2.5-inch hose
and a 600-watt generator floodlight system. Both offered hose at $1.10
per foot. The Decorating committee has not as of yet been able to get
a painter to put the new names on the Honor Roll.
Details of a chimney fire at the Lownie residence at 96 Merline Avenue
on August 26, 1945, and a field fire at the Murray property on Millerick
Avenue on September 4, 1945, were reported during the company meeting
held on Monday, September 10, 1945. In his account of the chimney blaze,
Chief Anthony Pilla said we got there just in time to save a lot
of trouble. Also during the meeting, the chief reported that the
company cleaned out the Diaond Ts pump and the Eldridge
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 1945, members of Lawrence
Volunteer Fire Association battled a blaze in Eggerts Crossing. According
to the incident report, a man died in the fire. Unfortunately, no other
details have been found about the fire.