PASADENA FIRE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVICE
PASADENA, Calif.--It was a special day in Pasadena today, May 1, as the men and women of the Pasadena Fire Department, both active duty and retirees, gathered on the steps of Pasadena City Hall to celebrate 125 years of dedicated public service to residents, businesses and visitors. Department Chief Calvin E. Wells, his Command Staff, and many members of the Pasadena Fire Department, were joined in the celebration by Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmember Jacque Robinson, City Manager Michael Beck and about 120 other guests, news media, community leaders, family and friends of the Fire Department.
Mayor Bogaard presented a special Council proclamation to Chief Wells noting the special occasion that highlighted how the department has grown from horse-drawn fire rigs and hose carts to a modern firefighting and life-saving operation that answers tens of thousands of calls for help every year.
Special bagpipe music was played; retirees were honored; and special commemoration given to those who have given their lives in the line of duty with the Pasadena Fire Department while protecting our City.
Several group photos were taken and the event also served to help unveil a new, commemorative badge to be worn by department personnel during the coming year. A highlight of the anniversary event included the announcement that the Mayor's Entry into the 125th Annual Rose Parade, themed "Dreams Come True" and to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, will feature vintage fire equipment from the department in celebration of the Department's 125th anniversary.