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Broad Ripple Firehouse on historic register
by Alan Hague
posted: Oct. 14, 2011
On October 8 dignitaries turned out for the celebration of the Broad Ripple fire station #32 being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Broad Ripple Village Association's Committee for Historic Broad Ripple has been working for two years to place fire station #32 on the National Register of Historic Places, administered by the United States Department of the Interior's National Park Service.
Station 32's Captain Gregg Harris was master of ceremonies for the event. Speakers included Mayor Greg Ballard, City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn, IFD Deputy Chief of Operations Kenny Bacon, Indianapolis Profession Firefighters Local 416 Captain Wayne Smith, City-County Councillor Marilyn Pfisterer, and Vice President of Preservation Services for Indiana Landmarks Mark Dollase. Also at the event was Katherine Mondor, the daughter of fire station architect John Parrish. Deputy Chief Bacon told a tale of how the City of Indianapolis firefighters finally took over the Broad Ripple station from the Town of Broad Ripple back in 1923 after the annexation by the City of Indianapolis. Your editor is fairly sure that the whiskey-based story is just folklore, but was entertaining.
Music at the celebration was provided by Shirley Judkins and Friends from The Atlanta Music Hall in Atlanta, Indiana. Snacks were provided by Just Pop In, Monon Food Company, Good Earth, and Hubbard & Cravens.
The BRVA will place a commemorative marker on the property.
Gary Yohler's antique fire engine at the Broad Ripple firehouse celebration.
Susie Stamm shows a picture of her relative who was a firefighter
Mayor Ballard congratulated the Village for coming together to support the station.