Virtual program

Rome firefighters hot topic story for upcoming virtual show


The Historical Society of Rome, 200 Church Street, will present the Rome Fire Service, a virtual program on, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21.

Peter Leonard, passionate about local history, will discuss the history of Rome’s firefighters through photographs and memorabilia. The Rome Fire Department began as a voluntary organization in the early 19th century with little to no firefighting equipment. From leather buckets to fire trucks, the fire department evolved with the growing population and technological advancements of the 19th and 20th centuries, say the organizers.

The program reviews the history of the Rome fire service through photographs of local equipment, fire stations and firefighter uniforms.

Leonard is a lover of Roman and local history, collector and author of “Rome Revisited”. His father, also Peter Leonard, was a firefighter in Rome for 30 years and left behind a collection of memorabilia and appreciation of local firefighting heroes. Leonard will discuss the humble beginnings of the local fire department as well as advancements in technology and also talk about many of the more destructive fires.

For more information on the Rome Historical Society, a nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, call 315-336-5870, like them on Facebook, or visit its website at www.romehistoricalsociety. org.