There have been 13 fire companies that have served the Borough of Dunmore since 1875. Over the last several years, Joseph Klapatch, a local fire department historian, has been researching the department’s history with a book due in the near future.
A number of local residents, as well as the Dunmore Historical Society, have assisted him in gathering the history. Over five three-inch binders of research have been compiled so far. As the project begins to wrap up, the author invites anybody that might have historical items that may be included in the history to contact him. Items that may be helpful include photos, articles, scrapbooks and any other memorabilia, as well as older issues of the Dunmorean newspaper and photos of past Dunmore fire chiefs.
The items would be copied, with originals staying with the owners, and those whose items are used will be credited in the book. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released by the end of this year or early 2019.
This will be Klapatch’s third book. Currently, his other books, “The History of the Carbondale, PA Fire Department 1843-2015” and “The Scranton Fire Department, 1854-Present, Including the Minooka Hose Company” are available. Anyone can contact Joe at 570-702-5603 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.