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Hagerstown's Antietam Fire Co. celebrating 200th anniversary

July 02, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Firefighters from the Antietam Fire Co. scaled ladders Tuesday not to fight a fire, but to help commemorate something special.

They propped the ladders against the side of their firehouse on Summit Avenue to hang a banner to commemorate the fire company's bicentennial.

"PROUDLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY FOR 200 YEARS," the banner said.

Capt. Jim Sprecher said the firehouse started out as the home of a bucket brigade in 1808 and has grown to accommodate a fire company that handles about 450 calls per year.

"We have 19 active volunteer firefighters," said Sprecher, who has been with the company since 1980. "The city provides a contracted driver."

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Harold Semler, chairman of the Antietam Fire Co.'s Bicentennial Committee, said the firefighters will celebrate the anniversary for the rest of the year.

On Sept. 14, the firefighters will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help commemorate the occasion, Semler said. During the event, firefighters will host tours of the facility and offer children's games and car-seat inspections, among other things.

Semler said Summit Avenue between Antietam and Baltimore streets will be closed for the event.

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