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Shamrock Firehouse Celebration

On June 8, we celebrated the legacy and impact of the Shamrock Firehouse as both a fire station and our Youth Center.

Tours of the facility were offered at 6:30 pm, with a short program following at 7:00 pm. Firefighters and Community Center students and graduates came to recognize the reach and sacrifice of the firemen and center employees who served the community and changed lives.

The program included speeches by Fire Chief Brian Enterline and historian and author Dave Houseal as well as Bethesda Mission staff. Leonard Tucker, a Community Center graduate, spoke about his experiences growing up through the center. Nashon Walker, our Youth Manager, discussed the philosophy and impact of our programs, and Scott Dunwoody provided an overview of the building project as well as the vision for the completed structure.

Tables were set up with historical documents and newspaper articles, photos of past Youth Center students, and information about Community Center programs and the event.

Three posters were created as well. The first recounts the history of the Shamrock Firehouse, starting with the creation of Company 11 in 1888 until the formal closure of the station in 1980. The second examines the creation and organization of our Youth Center, which officially opened in 1990. The third provides information about the purchase and renovation of the printing company next to our Youth Center as we launched our Community Center and looks toward the future after the new building is complete.

These posters will be hung in the hallway of the new building once it is constructed to memorialize the Shamrock Firehouse and our Youth Center. A plaque will also be created to specifically remember the original building’s role as a firehouse.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event!

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