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Rutherford Fire Company To Celebrate 125th Anniversary

The Rutherford Fire Department was founded 135 years ago. Rutherford Fire West End Engine and Hose Company No. 3 was founded 10 years later in 1885.
The Rutherford Fire Department was founded 135 years ago. Rutherford Fire West End Engine and Hose Company No. 3 was founded 10 years later in 1885. Photo Credit: Rutherford-NJ.com

RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Rutherford Fire Department's West End Engine and Hose Company No. 3 will be celebrating its 125th anniversary with a parade and party on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Fire Lt. Neil O'Hara, a third-generation volunteer firefighter who joined the company in 1969, expects the parade to include fellow companies from surrounding towns - and hopes it reaches further.

"We sent out 800 invitations to towns from New York, New Jersey and Delaware," he said. "Whoever shows up is welcome to join us."

Sean Walker, a 35-year company member and former chief, said the event not only celebrates an anniversary but also recognizes the group's evolution.

The technology used to fight fires has changed but so has the demographic makeup of the company -- and "it's for the better," Walker said.

In 2014, the Rutherford Fire Department started a junior firefighter program for 16-18 year old residents. Walker said he hopes these junior members can continue the legacy.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the West End Fire House (348 Union Ave.) and end at Lincoln Park.

The after-party will be in the parking lot of the Meadows Office Complex (301 Route 17 North).

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