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Mystery surrounds the origins of Orlando’s name, but the most probable explanation for its moniker dates back to the exploits of Orlando Reeves. While guarding Central Florida forts against Native American attacks, Reeves was alarmed in the middle of the night. A log rolled toward Reeves in the darkness, and he knew it disguised movement by an opponent. After firing his gun to awaken his fellow soldiers, he was bombarded by arrows, which resulted in his death. Orlando’s name was bestowed upon a local post office in 1857 and then on the city incorporated in 1875. Just like the brave solider for whom the city was named, firefighters of Orlando boldly risk their lives for the welfare of others. This volume commemorates those men and women and traces a rich history from 1883, when a devastating fire inspired William C. Sherman to start a volunteer fire company, to today.
About the Author
Ginger Bryant is a teacher of high school British literature and journalism. Combining her skills as a photographer with her constant quest for a good story, Bryant has compiled images and memories from a wealth of resources.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments 6
Founding Florida and Its Fire Laddies 9
The Old Fire King 15
Whirligig of Vehicles and Their Homes 25
Practice, Prevention, and Public Relations 49
Mutual Aid 65
Thrill Throwers and Fire Fiends 77
Local Favorites and World-Famous Faces 95
Fallen but Never Far from Mind 109
A New Century of Service 117