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A Tribute To Firefighters

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Leon Rowell thinks too many people never get to see the inside of a fire station. That's why he helped to form the International Fire Museum in the East Village of Davenport. Rowell served on the Davenport Fire Department for twenty four years.

Hose Company Four was built in 1931. That company served the east side of the city until the building was closed in 1964. The museum opened in 1986. 

Today, the building is home to a fire truck built decades ago. There are fire extinguishers, hand pumped water extinguishers, helmets, fire alarm boxes, and many other items on display at the museum. One of the alarm boxes is made entirely of wood.

The fire truck at the old station was built in Columbus, Ohio more than sixty years ago. It was restored and donated to the museum by Davenport Electric Company. It is a 1949 Sea Grave.

Lieutenant Rick Sherman says firefighting is a calling. It is an opportunity to make a difference in somebody's life. The museum at  Old Hose Company Four is a tribute to those men and women who have served so faithfully as employees of the Davenport Fire Department.