Monthly Archives: September 2012

Hook and Ladder

Firefighting companies were also known as Hook and Ladder companies.  Hook and Ladder companies got their names from two of the primary tools of their trade.  Ladders, of course, were used to scale walls and reach people who needed to … Continue reading

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Jefferson Fire Company Number 22

Firefighting Companies were vital to all communities which could be swept away by fire.  Entire communities could be lost to flame, so volunteer and professional firefighters were vital to save lives and citizens’ homes and businesses.  Firefighters had to be … Continue reading

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A Firefighter Remembered

Many individual gravestones in the Cypress Grove Cemetery at New Orleans are dedicated to firefighters.  The gravestone of W. H. Webb, propped up against a tomb, is decorated with a pumper signifying his service as a fireman. In Memory of W.H. … Continue reading

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The Fallen Firefighter

  Firefighters have had their bravery memorialized in stone by grateful citizens that have taken many forms.  In the Cypress Grove Cemetery, sometimes known as the fireman’s cemetery because it was founded with funds from the Fireman’s Charitable and Benevolent … Continue reading

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Home in Heaven

The epitaph for the 12-year girl tells of the family’s loss and the possible suffering of the little child before she passed away. A loved one has gone from our circle. On earth we shall meet her no more. She … Continue reading

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First Responders

There are monuments in cemeteries all across America, like this one in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Buffalo, New York, that stand as a testament to the bravery of firefighters, police officers, and first responders who have fallen in the line of … Continue reading

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The Obelisk

After the French and British occupations of Egypt, there was a renewed interest in Egyptian architecture and symbolism in America, including the obelisk, those tall thin four-sided columns that tapered upward and then end in a pyramid at the top.  … Continue reading

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