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Exhibit to trace growth of city’s fire department

A fire engine drawn by three horses leads a parade down Union Street in Schenectady circa 1900. (Photo courtesy of Schenectady County Historical Society)
A fire engine drawn by three horses leads a parade down Union Street in Schenectady circa 1900. (Photo courtesy of Schenectady County Historical Society)
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It was back in December of 1899 that Chief Henry Yates officially formed the Schenectady Fire Department, and due largely to the efforts of Carl Derwig and Kyle O’Connor, more than 112 years of the city’s firefighting history will be celebrated tonight at the Schenectady County Historical Society. “Smoke Eaters: Firefighting in the City of Schenectady” will be on display at the society’s headquarters through November, and an opening reception free to the public will ...

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