On a bright sunny October day, the East Meadow community took time out to enjoy an afternoon with the men and women of the East Meadow Fire Department during their annual Fire Prevention Day.
Each year, in recognition of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which burned from Oct. 8-10, killing hundreds of civilians and destroying more than four square miles of Chicago, fire departments across our nation do their part to promote fire safety.
Archive records tell us that it was Mrs. O'Leary's cow that kicked over a lantern in the barn causing the conflagration.
In carrying out the tradition, residents were greeted with everything from Ladder Company roof operations, to heavy rescue extrications, emergency medical demonstrations, stove fire demonstrations, a "hands on" Smoke House and gift handouts. The day was met with much enthusiasm as children crowded the demonstrations to see what was in store.
Engines 1, 2, 3, and 4, Ladders 1 and 2, as well as Rescue 4 and 5, were on hand to show their equipment and explain what they do. Fire truck rides made a huge hit as always, as residents lined up all afternoon for this rare opportunity.
More than 60 East Meadow volunteers got their chance to show off their talents and meet the public they so enjoy serving.
Our thanks go out to the Chief Walter P. Griffin, his assistants, Robert Salvesen Jr, James Kane and John McGee, along with our Fire Prevention Committee, our dedicated volunteer membership, Ladies Auxiliary, Explorer Post and the Board of Fire Commissioners for all their efforts in making this program a success.