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“Any town that has a fire department, an engine to fight the demon flames with, and a band of sturdy volunteer fire laddies to manipulate the apparatus is on the high wave of prosperity.” A newspaper editor wrote those words in 1913 to mark the birth of a fire department in Gaston, Oregon, the dead end of the Oregon Trail. History proved him wrong about the prosperity part ...more
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Published June 5th 2013 by CreateSpace
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Jeremy Morgan
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was waiting for this book for quite some time, and was not was disappointed upon reading it. Overall it's a great book if you're familiar with Gaston, The Fire Service, or history in general. I have a lot of family and personal connections to this town, and as a member of the fire department I had a great personal interest in reading it. It's a very good "front to back" history of the department from the very meager beginnings up to the modern day as the author viewed it, as PIO and serving on ...more
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Whether it's getting flashed by a geriatric hooker in Miami or baking in the heat of a forest fire in Oregon, there's little that journalist Ken Bilderback won't do to get a story worth telling.

Bilderback is a retired newspaper reporter and editor and former NFPA-certified volunteer Public Information Officer for the Gaston Rural Fire District in Oregon. His hobbies include listening to nonagenari
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