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Elmhurst firehouse celebrates centennial

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Photos courtesy of FDNY PHOTO UNIT

Members from Engine 287, Ladder 136 and Battalion 46 celebrated 100 years of service to Elmhurst.

Firefighters, officers, former members of the firehouse and their families gathered at 86-53 Grand Avenue on September 5 for a centennial ceremony to honor their dedication.

“It’s an important day for every single person who lived in this community then and now because a firehouse is such an important symbol in a community,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. “The impact you’ve made is measured not only in the number of fires you’ve fought, but in the lives you’ve saved.”

In the past century, six members of the firehouse won medals for valor and the groups have gotten numerous awards for their rescues.

The firehouse has also lost six members in the line of duty.

“This centennial is recognizing something that happened every day and night for 100 years, recognizing the men and women who risked their lives to protect Elmhurst,” said Captain Robert Byrnes of Engine 287.