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.
Barbara, I just read your post here and it brought back wonderful memories. I would love to catch up with you on the phone or email and learn more about our family history if you get this message.
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.
The Plainview Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency services to Plainview. The Plainview Fire Department is responsible for protection of approximately 30,000 residents.
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