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Briarcliff Fire Company Puts up Historical Display

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Hook and Ladder fire company will have an exhibit in the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society's library headquarters for one month starting on Saturday to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

"It's an attempt to rediscover our past and bring together a lot of documents and data that we don't want to get lost," said Howard Code, the president of the Hook and Ladder company. "It's a story of a volunteer ladder company over the last 75 years."

Memorabilia that will be exhibited include original documents for the formation of the fire company in 1936, photos documenting the sending off of members to World War II and photos of several big blazes fought over the years, including the Kings College fire of 2003 and a downtown Briarcliff fire in the mid-1980s.

"There was a lot of stuff in the fire house and members brought in whatever material they had in their own homes," Code said. "We tried to bring it together to make it meaningful."

The exhibit will also feature photographs and design information on all of the fire trucks the company has had, including an American Lafrance Hook and Ladder truck in the 1930s, a Mack 1991 Seagrave in 1960 and a KME Tower Ladder in 2005.

Currently, there are 40 volunteer members of the Briarcliff Hook and Ladder fire company, Code said. In 1936, there were 17 original members.

The idea to have a historical exhibit came from Code, whose wife, Susan Code is on the board of the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society, along with several other members of the fire company, including Ted Jackson, Bob Cerrone and Joe Lalak.

There will be a reception for the opening of the Hook and Ladder exhibit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Historical Society's headquarters in the basement of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.

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