After the local lumber company burnt down a few times, the sleepy farming hamlet of Hockessin Delaware formed its first bucket brigade. The good citizens of Hockessin set about documenting all local water sources and a generous property owner donated a shed in which to store the buckets. Then, in 1936, ol’ Jacob Johnson’s pickup truck backfired into some combustibles at Hockessin Supply’s loading dock and subsequently created a fire load that quickly outstretched the brigade’s capabilities. Out of Hockessin Supply’s smoking ruins rose the community’s own fire company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Posted by Rich Roat on April 5, 2011