“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God.”
~ Isaiah 43: 2-3
The Firemen’s Drinking Fountain stands prominently at “Firemen’s Curve” in the heart of downtown Slatington, Pennsylvania on a September afternoon, just has it has for more than a century.
Members of Slatington’s Hose Company #1 dedicated this 12 foot firemen’s monument in 1910. Manufactured by the J.W. Fiske Iron Works New York, N.Y., the fireman holding a child was chosen as a symbol of service, vigilance and humanity. E.T. Barnum Co., Detroit, Michigan, manufactured the fountain to provide water for man and beast. Standing as a living memorial to all volunteer firemen, the statue is a tribute to the heroes who stand ready to serve, at any hour, in any type of weather, and without pay.
When the statue was badly damaged by a car in 1979, the community rallied to raise money for its restoration; it was rededicated in 1980....