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

Friday, January 21, 2011

AIRLINER DOWN - 1931


On New Year's Eve 1931, an American Airways flight crashed east of Springfield, claiming the lives of four of the five people aboard. The single-engine Fairchild Pilgrim 100A, which stopped at Columbus on a flight from Cleveland to Louisville, went down in a muddy field near Brighton in Harmony Township. The sole-survivor, pilot Lewis L. Bowen, said his aircraft "was flying low when it went into a barrel roll," according to the Associated Press.