Honoring A Fallen Firefighter

Many gathered in Washington Saturday afternoon to honor the first black Washington firefighter to die in the line of duty.

About 30 to 40 firefighters and community members gathered to watch as the Edward Peed monument was unveiled.

Peed belonged to the Salamander fire company, an all black volunteer company that was chartered by the town of Washington in 1881.

On February 8th, 1902 the Atlantic Coast line freight warehouse on the waterfront caught on fire.

The fire spread rapidly, but firefighters were able to contain it. However, Nozzleman Edward Peed lost his life when a wall fell on him.


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