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San Jacinto Night 2011

March 28th, 2011

The Austin Fire Museum and ESPADA (Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Assoc) have teamed up again for a rebirth of tradition. San Jacinto Night 2011 will take place on Saturday, April 16th. Visit for more information about this traditional event which began as far back as the 1860′s.

Firefighter James T. Glass Headstone Unveiling–Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 1000AM

August 5th, 2010

scan0102On July 23, 1916, Firefighter James T. Glass was fatally injured at a fire that occurred at 412 Congress Ave. at the Kriesle Building. Glass was paralyzed by a wall and stairway collapse. For over a year, he laid in a bed in Brackenridge hospital until his death on August 17, 1917. Fire Chief Clarence Woodward retired James Glass’ badge, which was Badge #13. The Austin Fire Department does not have a Fire Station #13 and has never had an Engine #13. Earlier this year, the Austin Fire Department renumbered Engine 50 in honor of James Glass. In addition, during the Austin Fire Department’s annual San Jacinto Day Celebration and Awards Ceremony, Firefighter Glass was posthumously awarded the AFD Medal of Honor for being killed in the line of duty.

During the Austin Fire Dept. Museum’s research for James Glass’ medal of honor, it was found that Glass was never given a headstone and has been in an unmarked grave ever since his death 93 years ago. Upon this discovery, the Austin Fire Museum immediately began the process of purchasing and designing a headstone for Glass.

On August 17, 2010 at 1000AM, The Austin Fire Department and the Austin Fire Museum will honor James Glass’ sacrifice with a headstone unveiling ceremony. AFD Honor Guard and an AFD Bag Piper will officially unveil the granite headstone with attached bronze badge #13. Firefighter Glass is buried in the Walnut Creek Baptist Cemetery on N. Lamar Blvd. in North Austin. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy 70th Birthday Current Station 7

May 2nd, 2010

On April 10, 1940 Fire Station #7 opened the doors to its new firehouse at 201 Chicon St. in East Austin. Station 7′s territory of fire protection actually dates back to the mid 1880′s. In 1916, when the Austin Fire Department transitioned from a volunteer fire department to a municipal fire department all the fire stations were renumbered several times. Finally, in the early 1920′s the current fire station numbering practice became permanent. Read the rest of this entry »

San Jacinto Day 2010 Celebration, Saturday, April 17

February 9th, 2010

This year’s annual Austin Fire Museum and ESPADA (Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Assoc.) San Jacinto Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 17 at the Waterford House Austin. The San Jacinto Celebration also includes the annual Austin Fire Department Awards Ceremony. The awards are presented to Austin firefighters for acts of rescue, commendation, and community service performed in 2009. The highlight of this year’s awards ceremony will be a posthumous Medal of Honor awarded to Engine 6 Firefighter James T. Glass who died of injuries sustained at a fire on July 23, 1916.

Tickets are 30.00 each for AFD Museum Members and 35.00 each for non-members. This includes dinner, an open bar, and live entertainment featuring the GUY FORSYTH BAND. People wishing to sign up as AFD Museum members will also receive the 30.00 ticket price. In order to receive the member price, tickets must be purchased in person from any one of our ticket sales volunteer representatives. Full price tickets may be sold right here using Paypal.

In keeping with tradition, there will be a silent auction featuring many great gifts, items, and services with the proceeds benefiting ESPADA.

A very special thank you to Siddon’s Fire Apparatus for being our Underwriter for this event!

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