The 1930′s and 40′s

During the 1930’s the Department was a social center for the community and during the early 1940’s as with most departments, the level of service was heavily affected by World War II. Between 1940 and 1945 the active membership dwindled to just nine men. Protective equipment was in even shorter supply as the men shared two pair of boots and three running coats.

1945 was one of the Department’s saddest years. On March 25, Chief Clinton Walker, while responding to a brush fire, suddenly felt sick. The engine stopped at his house and he was helped inside, then the engine continued on the call. When they returned they found that Chief Walker had suffered a fatal heart attack.

On November 13, 1945 the Rescue Squad responded to an auto accident on Route 1 and while searching for victims, Jesse Lovejoy stepped onto a live electric wire. Chief George Hudgins, acting without regard for his own safety, removed his running coat and used it to pull Jesse from the wire. Jesse was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. As a result of his actions Chief Hudgins was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Honor for heroism.

 

1930's and 40's