Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Tuesday, November 25, 2008



On Oct. 29, 1966, the Springfield Fire Division emergency squad responded with police to 415 Ludlow Avenue for a brutal attack on a mother and her baby. Anita Taylor, 20, died. The child survived.

The Taylor murder remains unsolved and the family launched a web site seeking clues. The address is

The official police report said: "The Fire Div. Emergency Squad, consisting of Lt. Olds and Fireman Shook, arrived at the scene and transported the complainant and baby to Community Hospital, where the complainant was pronouned D.O.A. by Dr. Fifer."