A new book chronicling the history of the Dunmore Fire Department is now available. “The Boys from Bucktown: The History of the Dunmore, PA Fire Department” is the third book by Joseph M. Klapatch.
His first two books were on the histories of the Carbondale Fire Department and the Scranton Fire Department Including Minooka Hose Company.
The book gives a brief overall history of the borough, but continues with the development of the fire department as well as the borough dating back to 1875. A total of thirteen companies were found, including the companies that changed their names throughout history.
The stories are supplemented with color and black & white photos.
The Dunmore Fire Department that stands today actually dates back to 1885 when a group of teenagers, 14 to 16 years of age, gathered and organized the Columbia Hose Company. A week later, they changed the name to Independent Hose Company. They later became a Hook & Ladder Company and merged with the Neptune Fire Company when the current Dunmore Borough Building was constructed.
The book is written as a local history book, including information for the history buff, fire buff or genealogist. It is currently available at the Library Express Bookstore in the Marketplace at Steamtown; the Lackawanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, and NBT Bank, O’Neill Highway, Dunmore. Other outlets will be added and book signing will be scheduled in the near future.