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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

PUPPY RESCUE - 1973

UPDATED OCTOBER 2011



SPRINGFIELD NEWS & SUN: On July 19, 1973, Barney the beagle puppy got his head stuck in a milk can and members of the Springfield Fire Division freed him - proving man can be a dog's best friend. The photos in the News & Sun were transmitted to newspapers across the U.S. by the Associated Press. Engine Co. 9 punched a hole in the can so the puppy could breath, tried cooking oil to slide his head but finally went with a metal cutter. [Submitted by Lt. Dave Aills of Rescue Company 1]