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Chicago Fire Department history

This from Steve Redick:

  • 5-11-39, 3-11 and 6 specials at 3532 E 103rd st
    Rosenbaum & Norris Grain Elevators E-37 trip 1hr 28min / pumped 53 hrs 35min / on the west bank of the Calumet River. In this image if you look closely there are 7 foxes drafting visible and a steamer in ther background. I aquired this image from the collection of Howard Hensel. I think he may have been the photographer, it appears to be an original picture, very small in size. 
  • Looks like he sent the first picture to the Ahrens Fox Fire Engine Company and he received a cool reply on original company letterhead from John Ahrens
  • Another Howard Hensel shot of Truck 2
  • Truck 11 1930
  •  I believe Howard was a friend of my mentor Jack Turner. I’m pretty sure Jack gave me these images.

Steve

vintage Ahrens Fox fire engines at work

5-11-39, 3-11 and 6 specials at 3532 E 103rd st – Rosenbaum & Norris Grain Elevators

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 2

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 2

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 11 1930

Howard Hensel shot of Chicago FD Truck 11 1930

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Grain elevator conflagration of 1939 (more)

More from Steve Redick:

Here is the next installment. Details about FD dispatch and operations as well as a great two-page spread of the overall scene showing all the Ahrens Fox pumpers drafting. A one-of-a-kind historical event. … there’s still more to come

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

historic photo showing Chicago FD Ahrens Fox pumpers at a huge fire

Chicago FD Ahrens Fox engines pumping at the Grain Elevator Conflagration of 1939

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