following pages are dedicated to the history of Lawrence Road Fire Co.,
which was organized under the name of Lawrence Volunteer Fire Association
on May 1, 1914. Much of the information presented here is taken from
a 314 page history book that was compiled especially for the fire companys
85th Anniversary celebration, held on May 1, 1999. Of course, not all
the information printed in that text is presented here, as that would
simply be too overwhelming. Still, although edited down, there is still
a tremendous amount of historical detail available to you on these pages.
We are sure you will find something to interest you in these pages.
earliest historical information comes directly from the minutes of the
fire companys monthly meetings. These entries offer a fascinating
look at the organization and development of the fire company, including
details on the building of the first firehouse (a small wood-frame structure),
the purchase of the fire companys first two pieces of firefighting
apparatus (a hand-drawn chemical engine and a 1917 Jeffrey motorized
chemical engine), and the companys very first fire call. Unfortunately,
much information has been lost to us over the years, as the minutes
from January 1920 through May 1929, and also from 1936 through 1939,
entries come from newspaper articles or fire company incident reports,
and give fascinating and insightful details of the many large fires
and other emergencies to which Lawrence Road firefighters have responded
over the years.
these pages are details of Lawrence Townships most historic and
devastating blazes, including the tragic fire on Pine Knoll Drive that
took the lives of six people in January 1964. Also included are details
of major fires outside the township in Trenton, Ewing, Hopewell,
and beyond that Lawrence Road volunteers have helped battle.
are also several pages filled with historic photographs, showing Lawrence
Roads heroes at work.