The idea of a Fire Department
in the City of Boca Raton began in 1925 with the creation
of Ordinance #72. Ordinance #72 stated that the Fire
Chief would be paid $150 a year, and all firefighters
would receive $4 per fire, and $2 per training drill.
Guy J. Bender, M.W. Stokes, John LaMont, Harry Purdom,
Stroud Eldredge, Kline Platt, J.K McClintock, E.M.
Thomason, S. Jerkins, O. Arnold, and O. Ozier became
the first proud firefighters for the City of Boca
Betsy, the city's first fire engine, arrived
The city issued a check for $1,000 and $11,500 in
notes to American LaFrance, payable over three years
at six percent, for Old
Betsy. The Town Council issued
$500,000 in bonds to fund the construction of City
Hall, the water plant, and to fund the Fire Department. Old Betsy found a home in the south bay of old City
Hall on Federal Highway.