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From the book "Remembering Hamlin:1802-2002" by Mary E. Smith, page 38.
Hamlin Fire Department
Hamlin didn't have a fire company for a long time. All they had was two wheeled hose carts. I belonged to one of those hose companies - Hydrant Hose Co. #1. I joined in 1923. They bought those carts and started a volunteer company when the water line was put through to Brockport in 1914. The hydrants were put on Brockport's water line and when Germ Elliot's store burnt, they opened the hydrant up so quick that it cracked the base of the pump. Then after that they started building the Hamlin water line on the opposite side of the road and they had to move all the hydrants over to that side of the road. After that, Hollwedels bought out the plant where Duffy Mott is. They had a kiln burn one night and they put two lines of hose on and the water came out and just dropped straight down out of the nozzle. No pressure! Then they investigated to find out why. Brockport had put a piece of three-inch pipe into the six-inch line and it reduced the volume coming in so much we wasn't getting water. Then the insurance company got after them and made'em take it right out of there!
The other hose company was the Hamlin Hose Co.#1. Hamlin Hose Co. #1 held its first meeting on July 24, 1914, according to its minutes, and elected Harry Burke its first president. They both started at the same time. The Hydrant Hose Co. was for the north part of Lake Road, around the (train) station. (Singleton was in on that, too!) They kept their hose cart in Penner's shed. The Hamlin Hose Co. was down around Hamlin Center and they kept their hose cart near the corner of Routes 18 and 19, north of the Baptist church, across from Felts' Hardware Store.
The fire companies got together to hold the "Field Days". They had the first one the year they started up (1914).
In the beginning, when they had the bucket brigade, the fire alarm (if you could call it that) was at T.O. Swanson's barn. There were two posts there that held a locomotive wheel and they'd hit that with a sledgehammer like a gong when there was a fire. Later, they moved that down to the blacksmith shop. They finally bought a bell and put it on top of the telephone office.
The Hamlin Fire Companies
Wilbur "Bill" Leverenz
"I was born in Hamlin in 1906. When the new fire company started in 1928 "Dutch" Seaman and myself were the first young fellas to join the new company. Then Roy Wolf joined and I believe the next one was Chuck Lynch. Chuck was secretary. When the new company was formed the meetings were held in Singleton Hall, up over Dollard's block of stores in the old dance hall there.
You see, there were two fire companies, Hamlin Hose Co. #1 and the Hydrant Hose Co. #1. And when the new fire company started, the two companies joined together. They bought a lot from Fred Fishbaugh in June 1929 and then they moved the old #6 school down for a fire hall. At that time they still had an old Model 'T' chemical truck. They used to have that fire truck stationed in that little shed at (William 'Blootch' Nesbitt's, on the north side of Railroad Ave. (the 5th house from the corner). How long it was kept there, I don't know. They didn't have any place else to keep it.
I was with the fire department for 38 years."
The first Hamlin Fire Department three bay building was built in 1945. It was later enlarged to accommodate two additional trucks. It was razed and replaced in 1979, by the present nine bay fire hall.
Hamlin Fire Department Chief Officers
Charles Garrision, 1st Chief on the hose carts
Fritz Leverenz 1953-1954
Vincent Batty 1955-1959
Edward Prince 1960-1961
William Seaman 1962
George Dorgan Sr. 1963-1965
Milton Koss 1966-1969
Richard Koss 1970-1972
Gerald Lemcke 1973-1975
Richard Sietmann 1976
John Baase 1977
John (Jack) Prince 1978-1980
Daryl Prince 1981-1983
William Seaman 1984-1988
Michael Young 1987-1989
James Guion 1990-1991
George (Skip) Dorgan Jr. 1992-1994
Steve Dorgan 1995-1997
Doug Brown 1998-2000
Scott Witte 2001-2003
Ralf Kurzowski 2004
Daryl Prince 2005-2007
Tom Sercu 2008-20010
Allen Smith 2011-2012
In 2013 the Hamlin Fire District combined with the Morton and Walker Fire Districts.