"This 14 x 20 metal sign hung for many years in front of the Paterson, New Jersey Fire Alarm Telegraph Office," according to an article in the April 1988 edition of Crown Jewels of the Wire, a magazine for collectors of glass and porcelain insulators used by telegraph, telephone and electric wires.
Written and edited by Vinny Del Giudice, a wire service reporter who spent 30 years covering Washington, D.C., started his career in journalism chasing fire engines in Springfield, Ohio, and served as a volunteer fireman and EMT in Arlington County, Virginia, from 1985-1992. (This is a hobby. Suggestions welcomed.)
My seven years as a volunteer fireman were a balancing act between duty and trembling fear. Picture Woody Allen in rubber boots. I am grateful to my colleagues, both volunteer and career, for seeing me through. Your editor helped deliver a baby and helped save a man with CPR. It was an honor to serve. This is an attempt to share what was learned.