Did you Know? – Many of Our Nation’s Founding Fathers Were Firefighters

Did you know?

At least eight of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, including Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, were firefighters?

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Research done by a Tufts University Professor, Benjamin Carp draws a correlation between the principals of pre-revolutionary volunteer fire companies and how they became a blueprint for our nation’s political system.

Referring to fire companies, Carp writes: “Franklin, Adams, and many of their brother firemen applied these principles of equality, voluntarism, mutual endeavor, public safety and active self-government to their understanding of the American Revolution and consequently paved the way for a republican political system independent from Great Britain.

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