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


The news commentators called it ``America's long hot summer.''

In July 1967, rioting in Detroit led to disturbances in two-dozen other cities - including Springfield.

``Springfield, Ohio, reported its first racial incidents, with rock throwing and tossing of fire bombs,'' according to the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia on July 28, 1967. Trouble was also reported in the Ohio cities of Toldeo and Lorain.

By 1967, the civil rights movement of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would be assassinated a year later in Memphis, was losing influence to the ``Black Power Movement'' and its more militant approach to fighting social injustice.