By Dan King
Thirty years ago a silver plated presentation horn was stolen from the Whitehall Fire Company and the search to find this horn continues today.
The Fire Company has renewed its efforts to find the stolen horn and is hoping to take advantage of new technology, especially social media, in an attempt to locate and return it to the company’s headquarters.
“The fire company has spread the word, covering several Facebook garage sale pages and fire buff pages.” Brian Brooks, president of the fire company said, “It’s a long shot, but it would be worth the effort.”
The reason the fire company is so passionately striving to find this horn is due to the historical significance of the device.
This presentation horn is inscribed with the words ‘Whitehall Fire Department 1872.’ The original firehouse was opened in the year 1872 and Brooks believes that the missing horn may have been used by the fire department, dating all the way back to that year.
“The presentation horn may have been used when the fire house (village building) was opened in 1872,” Brooks explained.
Presentation horns were a prominent part of many fire departments in the 19th century, often plated in silver and donning some sort of decorative rope for carrying.
At this point and time the Whitehall Fire Company is looking to be reunited with this horn for its historical relevance, more than any practical usage for it.
By Dan King