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Monday, November 3, 2014
Southport volunteer firefighters host open house
Despite bone-chilling rain and gusty winds Saturday, scores of local families turned up at the Southport Volunteer Fire Department's annual open house.

Visitors to the 100-year-old fire station were treated to motor vehicle extraction demonstrations and rollover simulations, sit in a fire truck, and tour the firefighters' quarters. The firefighters also gave away plastic fire helmets to children, bags full of stickers, coloring books and fire-prevention pamphlets, and served bagels, muffins, hot dogs and hot cider.

The Southport Volunteer Fire Department was founded on Halloween night, October 31, 1895, with the first corps of volunteers based at a barn-like structure near the Southport Railroad Station. The existing station dates to 1914. According to Chief Chris Luciani, the only thing added to the building since then has been a kitchen area. He added that renovation are planned to expand the firehouse to accommodate new, larger fire trucks.

The annual open house has been hosted by the past 20 years, but this year's community gathering suffered a bit of a setback: the firefighter's demonstration of dousing a live fire was "extinguished" by Mother Nature and her rain.
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I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that it is a noble calling. There is an adage which says that, 'Nothng can be destroyed except by fire.' We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and poor. We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of thegenius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. But, above all; our proudest endeavor is to save lives of men - the work of God Himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society.
Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY
ca. 1910

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