Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING OFFICER
FORT MYER, VIRGINIA
March 1, 1934
Clarendon Fire Department,
On behalf of the officers and men garrisoned at Fort Myer I desire to thank you and your men for the prompt and effective manner in which you participated in fighting the fire in the Riding Hall at this station on the night of February 28th-March 1st.
Your assistance was invaluable and it is felt, but for your efforts, the fire might and probably would have spread to other buildings, possibly endangering the very existence of Fort Myer.
Again assuring you of our deep appreciation, I am
Most sincerely yours,
G. B. PATTON, Jr.
Major, 3d Cavalary
Letter courtesy of Betty Fought
From collection of her father, Battalion Chief James Fought
On Nov. 2, 1965, Norman Morrison, 32, a devout Quaker, set himself ablaze outside the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam. Morrison had taken his baby daughter, Emily, with him and either set her down or handed her off before dousing himself in gasoline beneath the office of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.