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Letter: Buffalo Fire Museum is an educational treasure

Buffalo Fire Museum is an educational treasure

I had the greatest experience visiting the Buffalo Fire Historical Museum. I arrived with two purposes – I wanted to learn about the history of the Buffalo Fire Department, and I wanted information on my great-grandfather, Frank L. Barrick, who served with Engine 33 when it was dedicated in 1909.

I left knowing that he also served with Engines 9 and 24, and that he had lived in more addresses in Buffalo than I realized due to copies of administrative records stored in the museum. Additionally, I was provided with a copy of an awesome photograph of my great-grandfather standing at attention with his comrades from Engine 24 in about 1898. This museum is a wealth of information for amateur genealogists with ancestors connected to the Fire Department.

While I was waiting for the knowledgeable volunteers to finish lunch, I had a fascinating guided tour of the displays and equipment preserved in the museum for the enjoyment and education of the public. This free museum is an educational treasure that should be experienced by anyone interested in the lifesaving and critical firefighting organizations throughout our nation.

Dennis Robert Barrick

Amherst

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