Happy 125th Birthday, Malvern Fire Co.
The fire company was founded Feb. 8, 1888, 'to answer the call of mercy and of duty.'
Malvern Fire Co. turned 125 years old Friday.
A parade commemorating the milestone anniversary is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 5, according to Fire Chief Neil Vaughn.
The fire company website lays out the details of the founding day, Feb. 8, 1888:
The Founding of the Company
With the smokestacks of the Pennsylvania Railroad trains triggering fires along the tracks through Malvern and the occasional house and business fires, residents of the Village of Malvern, then the northern-most part of Willistown Township, began to talk of fire protection in the 1880’s. Fires either were put out by bucket brigades or smothering, or left to burn out.
The Malvern Free Will Fire Company was established February 8, 1888, by about 50 citizens of the village.
Reportedly, the motto agreed to during early meetings of the new Company held at J. Jones Still’s bicycle shop was, "Do the best you can at any time, at any place; no night too dark, no road too rough to answer the call of mercy and of duty." (DLN)