This was a great read for me. Ben Sattig was my grandfather. My Dad used to tell me some stories about Ben and the fire dept. I wish I would have looked this up years ago. Thank you!
Ben Sattig was my next door Neighbor growing up, he was a very nice old gent, my dad Thomas Sidoti was fire Chief of Plainview in 1959 and 1960, he had the first Chief's car a 1959 Chevy wagon.
What a treat to read about the history of the Plainview Fire Department. My uncle, Conrad Stiehler, had his farm across the road and sometime he would be plowing---off would go the fire alarm, and my uncle, leaving the horse standing by himself (probably thinking "oh not again!" ) I understand that the hospital now standing across the way from the department is sitting on what used to be the farm meadow.
Thank you for providing this history of the Plainview Fire Department. My grandfather was Conrad Stiehler and my great-uncle was Al Stauber. When my grandfather Conrad was growing up on the Stiehler farm in Springfield Gardens, lightening struck the barn one night and started a fire. I have always guessed that the trauma of that fire was part of what made my grandpa see the need to help start a fire department in Plainview after the family moved there. Grandpa started a fine tradition in our family, with my dad and my brother both becoming fire chiefs decades later.
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