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St. Matthews Firefighters: 84 Years of Firefighting in St. Matthews, Kentucky
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St. Matthews Firefighters, 84 Years of Firefighting in St. Matthews, Kentucky is a reference book and the first illustrated and documented story of the St. Matthews Fire Department from its beginning in 1919 through 2003. There are 84 years of documents, letters, interviews, newspaper articles, pictures and more that vividly tell the story of the fire service and firefighters. Historical data from this book and the documentation of events will be of significant interest to researchers, fire and local history buffs and former department members.

This true story is about the strengths of over 650 people who were involved with the department. Men and women from all walks of life and educational levels create a very unique and compelling story. They set and maintain the bar for all levels of the firefighting service. They were, and continue to be, a much respected fire department in the firefighting industry.

2005 Review from Fire Buff’s Bookshelf, by Jeff Schielke, 9 x 12, pages 348—ST. MATTHEWS FIREFIGHTERS - 84 YEARS OF FIREFIGHTING IN ST. MATTHEWS, KENTUCKY by Al Ring— "In what turns out to be a most impressive example of quality local fire service example of quality local fire service history, this hardcover, 208 page, volume can easily serve as a model product for other fire departments wishing to publish their story. Well researched, with numerous black and white photographs, many of which illustrate exciting fireground action, this book is jammed packed with tales of departmental history and sidebar firehouse antidotes. A very strong feature of the volume is that it portrays all the non-firefighting assignments which St. Matthews dispatched crews to handle. A 1974 tornado outbreak in the Ohio River Valley hit this department especially hard and the entire incident is well documented, as it should be. For serious students of fire service history, this book is an outstanding lesson on how to research and report the day-to-day workings of the fire service mission. This book comes very highly recommended for those who wish to strengthen the quality of their fire history bookshelf."

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