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Exhibit: Police and Fire Fighters

There are three kinds of public artwork in Philadelphia associated with police and fire fighters - memorials, station art, and historical references to Philadelphia as the home of the country's first volunteer fire brigade. Despite some overlap, the artwork is divided here into those three categories.



Memorials

Engine Company 1 Memorial Plaque
* In memory of Aloysius Boyle, Thomas Donahue, Oliver Exley, John Gormley, William Heller, James Kelley, George McConoghy, John Minnick, George Murray, James Shea, John Welsh and Howard Wilson
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
In memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
Lest we forget
FF. Oliver Exley   Truck E   05/12/1881
FF. William Heller   Engine 1   02/20/1897
FF. James Shea   Engine 1   03/02/1899
FF. James Kelley   Truck E   03/30/1905
FF. Aloysius Boyle   Truck E   11/10/1905
FF. John Minnick   Ladder 5   06/05/1925
BC. George McConoghy   Battalion 1   07/23/1928
FF. John Gormley   Ladder 5   01/24/1937
FF. George Murray   Ladder 5   10/19/1937
BC. Howard Wilson   Engine 1   03/24/1945
FF. Thomas Donahue   Engine 1   01/26/1954
FF. John Welsh   Ladder 5   06/12/1973
Dedicated by the members of E-1, L-5, Bn-1 & Medic 35
* In front of Engine Company 1. East side of Broad, South of Bainbridge.
* 39.942290,-75.165525 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour




Roll of Honor
1956
* small head, upper body and arm, hat, police call box
* inscription:
Police Department
City of Philadelphia
In grateful memory of those who gave their lives in performance of their duty
* Courtyard (Southeast corner). City Hall. Market, West of Juniper.
* 39.952250,-75.163325 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+philadelphiabuildings.org's City Hall page
+wikipedia.org's City Hall page




Living Flame Memorial
Reginald Beauchamp, 1976
* abstract flame, police and fire department logos
* Police and Fire Memorial. Painted during the 2006 Franklin Square renovation. The first picture is without the paint.
* Franklin Square. Northwest corner, 6th and Race.
* 39.955400,-75.149825 [map]
* On the Independence Mall tour
* See also:
+historicphiladelphia.org's Franklin Square page
+wikipedia.org's Franklin Square page




Port Richmond Firefighters Memorial
2005
* Memorial to Richard F. Devine, William J. Robinson, Rey Rubio, John Taylor and Thomas Vaughan
* black polished etched stone in the shape of the Fire Department emblem, two people kneeling, one winged, one wearing a helmet
* inscription:
Philadelphia Fire Department
Engine Company #28
To honor our firefighters who have lost their lives while protecting and serving the great community of Port Richmond
When I am called to duty, God, wherever flames may rage,
give me strength to save some life whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late
or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
to guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if ascending to my fate I am to lose my life
please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.
FF Thomas Vaughan
March 13, 1904
FF William J. Robinson
January 15, 1905
FF Richard F. Devine
July 29, 1999
Capt. John Taylor
August 20, 2004
FF Rey Rubio
August 20, 2004
Dedicated August 20, 2005
* In front of Engine Company 28. Southwest side of Ontario between Belgrade and Miller.
* 39.988925,-75.099950 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* Other exhibits: Religious
* See also:
+article about the memorial
+article about John Taylor and Rey Rubio
+archive of articles about John Taylor and Rey Rubio
+brief bio of Richard Devine
+unofficial history of Engine Company 28




Gulf Refinery Fire Memorial
2007
* Plaques in memory of John Andrews, Carrol Brenek, Ralph Campana, Robert J. Fisher, Hugh McIntyre, Roger Parker, James Pouliot and Joseph R. Wiley
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
The plaques below memorialize those firefighters who lost their lives at the Gulf Refinery Fire on August 17, 1975
* Sidewalk on the West side of Fireman's Hall Museum. East side of 2nd, North of Quarry.
* 39.953290,-75.142910 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's 1975 Philadelphia Refinery Fire page
+firemanshall.org




One Meridian Plaza Fire Memorial
2009
* Memorial to James A. Chappell, David P. Holcombe and Phyllis McAllister
* small firefighter helmets
* inscription:
To sacrifice one's own safety
in the service of others
requires a courage that is rare.
Those among us who do
are true heroes.
* South side of S. Penn Square, West of Broad.
* 39.951565,-75.164500 [map]
* On the City Hall tour
* See also:
+wikipedia.org's One Meridian Plaza page




St. John's Fire Memorial
2011
* In memory of William Chance, Hugh Duffy, James Shea and George Steinle
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
Hoseman George Steinle
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman William Chance
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman Hugh Duffy
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on February 17, 1899
Hoseman James Shea
Died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Philadelphia on March 2, 1899
* On the sidewalk in front of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. East side of 13th between Chestnut and Market.
* 39.951375,-75.161500 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+St. John's




October 4, 1922 Fire Memorial Plaque
2014 (approximate)
* Memorial to Albert Fischer, Thomas Gilloway, Patrick A. Murray and Edward Paxson
* Philadelphia Fire Department insignia
* inscription:
Ladderman Thomas Gilloway Truck 2
Ladderman Edward Paxson Truck 2
Hoseman Patrick A. Murray Engine 21
Hoseman Albert Fischer Engine 21
Who died in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Philadelphia on October 4, 1922
Dedicated by their family and friends
* Wall. North side of Arch, East of 4th..
* 39.952420,-75.146375 [map]
* On the Old City tour




Police and Fire Station Art

Firefighter Gargoyles
1925 (from cornerstone)
* small crouching people wearing hats and helmets, firefighting equipment
* Was on the Southwest corner, Juniper and Race. Removed from the building 2008 prior to demolition for Convention Center expansion.
* Entrance.
* Other exhibits: Missing, Gargoyles, Unidentified
* See also:
+Max Buten's page for this piece
+Gargoyle Hunter page for this piece




Gargoyles
1927
* small heads
* Fire station wall. South corner, Foulkrod and Darrah.
* 40.017000,-75.081340 [map]
* On the Lower Northeast tour
* Other exhibits: Gargoyles




Phoenix Above Maltese Cross
Sarala Ruth Pinto, 1962
* phoenix, maltese cross
* Wall. East side of 12th North of Reed.
* 39.932600,-75.163885 [map]
* On the South Philly tour




Firemen
Gerd Utescher, 1964
* small group of people standing, some partial, hatchet, hats
* Wall. West side of Richmond, North of Kirkbride.
* 40.001275,-75.065950 [map]
* On the Lower Northeast tour




Guardians of Fire
Gerd Utescher, 1964
* small group of people standing, fire
* In front of Engine Company 1. East side of Broad, South of Bainbridge.
* 39.942290,-75.165525 [map]
* On the Avenue of the Arts tour




Horses Drawing Fire Engine
John Godfrey, 1964
* small horses, fire engine
* Entrance. Fire station, South side of Market between 21st and 22nd.
* 39.953700,-75.175525 [map]
* On the Rittenhouse Square tour




Fireman Carrying A Hatchet
Dexter Jones, 1967
* small standing person, helmet, hatchet, stairs
* Wall. Boudinot Street and Hart Lane.
* 39.993635,-75.122870 [map]
* On the Kensington tour




Benjamin Franklin in Fireman's Hat
Dexter Jones, 1968
* Head of Benjamin Franklin
* big head, hat
* Wall. North side of Arch, East of 4th.
* 39.952425,-75.146450 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+The Electric Franklin




Hose Team In Action
Harold Kimmelman, 1971
* two people, one standing, one kneeling, helmets, firehose
* On the wall. Engine Company 28. Southwest side of Ontario between Belgrade and Miller.
* 39.988900,-75.099975 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* See also:
+hksculpt.com
+Harold Kimmelman @ philasculptors.org
+unofficial history of Engine Company 28




Fire Engine
Harold Kimmelman, 1972
* small horses, fire-fighting equipment, sitting person, standing person
* Front wall. Fire Station, North side of Frankford between Decatur and Harel.
* 40.040575,-75.030900 [map]
* On the Lower Northeast tour
* See also:
+hksculpt.com
+Harold Kimmelman @ philasculptors.org




Fire Hat
Harold Kimmelman, 1975
* Helmet
* Wall. Northwest corner, 56th and Chestnut.
* 39.959575,-75.233050 [map]
* See also:
+hksculpt.com
+Harold Kimmelman @ philasculptors.org




A Friend
Charles Parks, 1976
* two people, one standing, one sitting, hat, gun
* Outside Police Headquarters. South side of Race between 7th and 8th.
* 39.954750,-75.152000 [map]
* On the Convention District tour
* See also:
+ wikipedia.org's Charles Parks page




Colonial Scene
Harold Kimmelman, 1976
* small fire-fighting equipment, standing people, headgear
* Wall. North side of Grays Ferry between Stanley and 31st.
* 39.939325,-75.194375 [map]
* See also:
+hksculpt.com
+Harold Kimmelman @ philasculptors.org




Firemen in Action
Harold Kimmelman, 1976
* small standing and running people wearing helmets, fire-fighting equipment
* Wall. Northwest corner, 6th and South.
* 39.942075,-75.152400 [map]
* On the Lombard-South tour
* See also:
+hksculpt.com
+Harold Kimmelman @ philasculptors.org




Phoenix Rising in Flames
Natalie Charkow, 1976
* phoenix, flames
* In front of the Fire Administration Building. South side of Spring Garden, East of 3rd.
* 39.960560,-75.143025 [map]
* On the Northern Liberties tour
* See also:
+Natalie Charkow @ nyss.org




Horse Team and Pumper Making A Run
Harold Kimmelman, 1978
* small seated person, partial person, hat and helmet, fire-fighting equipment, horses
* Wall. West side of 2nd, North of York.
* 39.987575,-75.135825 [map]
* On the Kensington tour
* See also:
+hksculpt.com
+Harold Kimmelman @ philasculptors.org




Fire Rescue Scene of Infant
Rebecca Rose, 1986
* small people standing, carried, helmets, fire-fighting equipment, parts of building
* Wall. South side of Snyder just West of 4th.
* 39.922225,-75.153775 [map]
* On the South Philly tour




Historical

Fireman's Hall Sign
* small sign, fire engine, horse, sitting people, helmets
* South wall. Fireman's Hall Museum. Just East of 2nd and Quarry.
* 39.953230,-75.142850 [map]
* On the Old City tour
* See also:
+firemanshall.org




Philadelphia Firsts
George Greenamyer, 1998
* Portrayals of and references to John Bartram, William Camac, Mary Cassat, Rebecca Cole, Thomas Eakins, John Fitch, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Hopkinson and Betsy Ross
* small standing people, building, tiger, boat, fish, fire, medical and fire-fighting equipment, flag, plant
* inscription:
First American Zoo
1874
The first animal and Dr. William Camac, founder
First American museum and art school
1805
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Thomas Eakins and Mary Cassat
First American volunteer fire company
1736
The union, founded by Benjamin Franklin
First American botanical garden
1728
Bartram's Gardens
John Bartram with Franklinia alatamaha
First American steamboat
1785
John Fitch, inventor
First African-American to graduate from the Women's Medical College
1867
Dr. Rebecca Cole
First American Flag
1777
Betsy Ross, seamstress
Francis Hopkinson, alleged designer
* On top of a pole outside 1515 Arch (aka One Parkway).
* 39.954900,-75.166100 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:
+greenamyer.com
+Bartram's Garden
+History of the Philadelphia Zoo
+askart.com's Mary Cassat page
+wikipedia.org's Rebecca Cole page
+wikipedia.org's Thomas Eakins page
+wikipedia.org's John Fitch page
+The Electric Franklin
+flagguys.com's Francis Hopkinson page
+ushistory.org's Betsy Ross page


See Also

+International Association of Fire Fighters