Our newsletter is named after Fort Lauderdale Fire Department’s first "dispatcher". Upon receiving a call reporting a fire, Esther, Fort Lauderdale’s telephone operator in 1913, would sound the new fire siren atop the Telephone Company building. Hearing the siren, firefighters would call Esther with the word “Where?” Esther would give them the address of the fire, and the firefighters would rush to the scene to do their very best, just as today. We remember Esther and those pioneering firefighters with this publication, and with our historical preservation efforts.
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