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117 Years Ago, February 4, 1903 - The beginning of the Bedford Hills Fire Department
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By Chief of Department Jason Nickson
February 4, 2020

The year was 1903. On Wednesday night of February 4, 1903, a meeting was held to organize a Fire Department at the George W. Gardners store.

The meeting was called to order by Sandy J. Higgins.

George W. Gardner was elected Chairman. John F. Reynolds was elected Secretary.

Moved and seconded that this Company be known as the Bedford Station Fire Company.

Moved and seconded that Lewis W. Crossin be elected to act as Chief.

Moved and seconded that Sandy J. Higgins be elected to act as Assistant Chief.

Moved and seconded that John F. Reynolds be elected to act as Recording Secretary.

Moved and seconded that William B. Adams be elected to act as Financial Secretary.

Moved and seconded that L.E. Burbank be elected to act as Treasurer.

Moved and seconded that the dues of this company be twenty five cents, to be paid in advance.

Moved and seconded that an initiation fee be $1.00.

Moved and seconded that a committee be appointed to draw up By-Laws for the Company.

Committee members were George H. Mills, George W. Gardner and Sandy J. Higgins.

Moved and seconded that we proceed to enroll members. Number of members enrolled-29.

Moved and seconded that the Officers constitute a committee to solicit funds for the Company.

Moved and seconded that the meeting be adjourned until next Wednesday evening.

Receipts for Dues $6.00.

(From the records of John F. Reynolds, Secretary of the Bedford Station Fire Company, February 4, 1903)

Although times have changed and we now operate with state of the art equipment and a modern facility, our mission remains the same as it did in 1903:

The objects and purposes of The Department shall be:
1.The prevention and extinguishing of fires and the protection from destruction and damage by fire of life and property.
2.The promotion of the general welfare of the members of The Department and the communities located in the territory served by The Department.

As always we take pride in serving our residents with the highest standard of service!

To be continued...


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