Marking the nation's first volunteer fire company

October 1, 2011 6:16:39 PM PDT
Right down Grindstone Alley in Old City between where a real estate company and dry cleaner now stand was the site of the Union Volunteer Fire Company. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recognizes it as the first volunteer fire company in the nation, which formed 275 years ago. Officials quite literally wanted to mark that achievement.