A History of Anderson, Indiana and its Fire Department
Tragedy, comedy, and an abundance of everyday living are vital parts of this history of the Anderson Fire Department and the City of Anderson. This publication, starting in 1851, tells the story about devastating fires in Anderson’s early history and the need for fire protection. Included are the development of the city’s water works, the volunteers that pulled a pumping cart across town by hand at the gong of the court house bell and the innovations of machinery, communications and equipment used by firefighters. The book culminates with the Anderson High School fire. Experience the development of schools, churches, factories, service clubs, and politics as the city of Anderson grew through two world wars, the depression through to the new century.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Co-author Terry King is a 20 year veteran of the Anderson Fire Department who retired in 1997 to continue a career as a forensic fire investigator for a nationally recognized investigation and engineering company. Concerned that old fire photographs might get lost or destroyed, he originally started collecting historical data to publish a small pamphlet just for the firemen so they might know their legacy. Little did he know that 20 plus years later he would be sharing the publication of an exhaustive one thousand page history of the Anderson Fire Department and a simultaneous history of the City of Anderson. Terry lives in Anderson with his wife Nancy and they have three grown children.
Co-author Jim Jackson, born and raised in Anderson, became intrigued at a very early age with the Anderson Fire Department and anything related to firefighting. He would visit fire scenes with his father, being taught to stay clear to not hinder the firemen. It is said he got in trouble in school looking out the window to catch a glimpse of the passing fire engines. He graduated from AHS and Ball State University with a degree in teaching. He went back to school and then on to Delco Remy where he spent a career in Industrial Engineering. Jim eagerly took on the roll to help research the department’s history and write this most interesting publication. Jim went through the gates of heaven just before the completion