Throughout February and March we’ll be honoring our Fire & Police Departments with a special exhibit – From its beginnings in the early 1920s (The first chief was Officer Jack Bissell, who served as the chief of both departments, with just 2 men working under him) to what the departments are up to today.
The exhibit features a gallery wall, our fire & police collections (newspaper clippings & lots of amazing photographs), and awesome artifacts from both departments. We’ll also be honoring those who died in the line of duty and those who passed away while employed by the Township.
Pictured above with the gallery wall are 2 call boxes. Call boxes were used from the 1850s to 1970s and were typically installed on street corners. A fire alarm call box could be used by the general public to notify the department of a fire in the area. Police call boxes, on the other hand, could only be used by an officer who had a key. These things are SWEET!
We are open on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from 12-3pm. Stop in to check out everything we have on display and learn about the history of these departments.
*A huge thank you to Scott Ivey (RTPD) for loaning us the call boxes for the exhibit.
*Mega thanks to Dan Borsuck (RTFD) & Duane Gregg (RTPD) for collecting artifacts for the exhibit.
*Mega-super thanks to everyone at the fire & police departments. We appreciate all you do!