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Josh Barr
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Feature a FF or charity - no coin, just talk

Volley a “Joisey” and field a punch in the mouth.

The people of Cedar Brook work hard and pride follows. Fire, car accident, name A-B-C rescue and firefighter has sacrificed sans second thought.

Here temps lay unrelenting ice, rise to triple-digit, magnifying-glass melt.

Close-set houses complement tight woodlands which compliment tree-lined roads, including one of the state’s most dangerous—a roiling-volcanic thief hidden in plain view—ready, willing, able—four down-sloping, snake-winding, undivided lanes, overhung by freight track and wait.

Cedar Brook stands in the very epicenter of South Jersey, stands among a nation of firegrounders. 

My hometown. My grandfather a Philadelphia firefighter 32 years.

Read my articles on him, his 1940 graduating class, blow up their photo to Where’s-Waldo. Read about a Chicago firefighter, his scholarship, more, links below. Then honor your fighter or charity.


Ignite the Spirit is a Chicago firefighter charity and fundraising engine.

The Ignite the Spirit Nicholas Grogan Memorial Scholarship is a $3,000 award honoring the late Windy City firefighter and engineer, and goes to the student who earns it, writing the essay that stands out from the rest.

Nick Grogan, late Chicago firefighter and engineer.

Chicago’s Tower Ladder 14, 1980

Chicago Engine 106

The Philadelphia Bureau Fire Training School Class of 1940

Al Barr, late Philadelphia firefighter.

The Fireman's Hall Museum is one of the nation's premier fire museums. Its aim is to preserve the ongoing history of Philadelphia firefighting through the collection, preservation and presentation of related artifacts, enabling public education and encouraging sound fire prevention practices.

More Museums for knowledge, for inspiration. For fighting the good fight.


The firefighters who fought to save life and limb, set example for 'fighter and kin.

FE wants to honor them. No cost, just talk. Honor.

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Honoring firefighters and helping firefighter charities.
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Grandson of 32-year Phila Fire Department FF.
16-year magazine writer, copywriter.

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