The Turn Of The Century: Then And Now

Let me begin this little story with a tip of the helmet to my good friend from Boston, retired Fire Commissioner Leo Stapleton. It is his gift for combining the real with the fictional that has made him the great author that he is. The genesis for this...


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Happy New Year's - January 1, 2000 - Contents Read and Noted, Fire-man John Knight. And may God bless all in the coming years of this new century.

The answer to Johnny's question was quite simple after all. Firefighters, like everyone else, think most about their jobs and their families. How could the Fireman Knight of 1899 have known about the wars and depressions that would lie ahead? All he knew was that he loved his family and his job. The same was now true for Johnny as he looked into the future. He loved his family and he loved his job. Whatever will happen in the years ahead is in the hands of a much higher authority. Heck, if it was good enough for Jerry Knight, it was good enough for Johnny Knight.


Dr. Harry R. Carter, a Firehouse® contributing editor, recently retired as a battalion commander with the Newark, NJ, Fire Department, where he also served as chief of training. He is also a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia, NJ, Fire Department. Dr. Carter is an Associate of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great Britain (AIFireE).