Orlando Firefighting (Images of America Series)

Orlando Firefighting (Images of America Series)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738553078
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 1,241,894
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

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 Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Foreword     7
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
Bibliography     127

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