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Book published documenting history of Streator Fire Department

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2015

A book seven years in the making about the Streator Fire Department has been published.

Shane Elko never was a firefighter but became interested in the history of the Streator Fire Department so he started compiling information about fires dating all the way back to 1887. Elko was about 90 percent done with the book “Dancing with the Devil: Stories from the Streator Fire Department” when he passed away last year. His family then approached firefighter Bryan Park and they finished the book.

Elko’s book goes all the way back to the 1880s and includes a chapter on the Kennedy Truck Body fire where two firefighters were killed.

The book is $12 and is available by clicking Streator Fire Dept Book

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