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Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Volunteer Firemen

 
 
Volunteer Firemen Memorial Dedication image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. Volunteer Firemen Memorial Dedication
Inscription.


In recognition
of more than a hundred
years of faithful,
unselfish and often heroic
service rendered by the
Volunteer Firemen
of the City of Reading, Pa.
———
“Greater love hath no man than
this: that a man lay down his
life for his fellow-man.”
———
Erected September 2, 1901.

Rainbow [Fire Company] No. 1
Instituted March 17, 1773.
Andrew F. Baer Pres.

Junior No. 2
Instituted Dec. 2, 1813.
John H. Ruth Pres.

Reading Hose No. 1
Instituted July 4, 1819.
William F. Weber Pres.

Neversink No. 3
Instituted April 14, 1829.
Harold Gbola[?] Pres.

Friendship No. 4
Instituted March 4, 1849.
John E. Phillippi Pres.

Liberty No. 5
Instituted Jan. 21, 1854
Charles S. Butler Pres.

Washington No. 2
Instituted Sept. 17, 1855.
Abr. J. Bowman Pres.

Keystone No. 1
Instituted Jan. 19, 1856
Edward Yeager Pres.

Hampden No. 6
Instituted Sept. 7, 1867.
S. E. Ancona Pres.

Marion No. 10
Instituted Oct. 1, 1881
George J. Y__vel[?] Pres.

Riverside No. 11
Instituted Jan. 27, 1890.
Charles H. Nisling Pres.

Schuylkill No.
Reading Volunteer Fire Companies image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. Reading Volunteer Fire Companies
12
Instituted Jan. 1, 1892,
Sherman N. N__erter Pres.

Union No. 13
Instituted March 18, 1898.
John E. Clouser Pres.

Oakbrook No. 14
Instituted May 2, 1915,
Geo. H. Border Pres.

R.F.D. Under-Water Rescue
& Recovery Squad
Established Mar. 1962
Founder A. P. Batastini

Fire & Rescue Explorer Post #290
Established Mar. 15, 1975
Founder R. G. Lombardo

R.F.D. Canteen
Established May 10, 1975
Founder K. L. Houck

 
Erected 1901.
 
Location. 40° 20.108′ N, 75° 54.94′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is at the intersection of Perkiomen Avenue (U.S. 422) and Penn Street, on the left when traveling east on Perkiomen Avenue. Touch for map. Memorial is along the western boundary of City Park at the eastern terminus of Penn Street. Marker is in this post office area: Reading PA 19602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Penn's Common (a few steps from this marker); Ringgold Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); William McKinley (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bethel A.M.E. Church
Reading Volunteer Fire Companies image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
3. Reading Volunteer Fire Companies
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Duryea Drive (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Duryea Drive (approx. half a mile away); The Pagoda (approx. half a mile away); Doctor Jonathan Potts (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reading.
 
Also see . . .  History of Firefighting in Reading. (Submitted on December 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Reading Volunteer Fire Companies image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
4. Reading Volunteer Fire Companies
Reading Volunteer Fire Companies image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
5. Reading Volunteer Fire Companies
Early Leadership on Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
6. Early Leadership on Volunteer Firemen Memorial
Steam Engine Relief on Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
7. Steam Engine Relief on Volunteer Firemen Memorial
Reading Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
8. Reading Volunteer Firemen Memorial
Reading Volunteer Firemen Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
9. Reading Volunteer Firemen Memorial Plaza
Volunteer Firemen Memorial Column image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
10. Volunteer Firemen Memorial Column
Note firehose wrapping around column.
Volunteer Firemen Memorial Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
11. Volunteer Firemen Memorial Statue
Hook and Ladder on Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
12. Hook and Ladder on Volunteer Firemen Memorial
Trumpets on Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
13. Trumpets on Volunteer Firemen Memorial
Hose on Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
14. Hose on Volunteer Firemen Memorial
Axe and Mattock on Volunteer Firemen Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
15. Axe and Mattock on Volunteer Firemen Memorial
1991 Volunteer Fire Leadership image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
16. 1991 Volunteer Fire Leadership
1994 Volunteer Fire Leadership image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
17. 1994 Volunteer Fire Leadership
1996 Volunteer Fire Leadership image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
18. 1996 Volunteer Fire Leadership
2003 Volunteer Fire Leadership image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
19. 2003 Volunteer Fire Leadership
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 867 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. submitted on December 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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