With Our Most Humble Appreciation...
The Authors wish to recognize those individuals and institutions
without whose assistance this book would not have been written:
To Mr. Michael Gibson, Archivist for the Center of Dubuque History at
Loras College. Mr. Gibson allowed us to scan what fire related photos
were in the Archives. He also permitted us to research all of the City
of Dubuque documents contained in the Archives.
To Mr. Robert Klein, Head Librarian at Loras College for his gracious
hospitality and encouragement.
To Loras College for the fine hospitality and consideration given us by
way of allowing the use of a room for setting up our computers and scanners.
For access to all materials located within the Archives and Library.
We are particularly grateful to Tacie Campbell, Curator of the Dubuque
County Historical Society, who allowed us access to the Cosgrove Scrapbooks,
access to photos and documents in the Archives of the Dubuque County Historical
To retired Dubuque Fire Department Captain John McCoy, who loaned us his
scrapbooks. So meticulously kept by him throughout his career as a firefighter.
Without these books our research would not only have taken considerably
longer, but would also have been a great deal more difficult, if not impossible.
To the late Assistant Chief Harold H. Cosgrove whose notes provided us
with direction and information that could not have been obtained elsewhere.
It was with the knowledge gained from these notes that we were able to
piece together the complete story of the department.
To Mary Davis, City Clerk, City of Dubuque whose kind assistance in researching
Fire Department Annual Reports proved to be invaluable.
To Joy Anne Hammel-Girolamo for her assistance and meticulous transcribing
of many newspaper articles; too numerous to accurately count.
To William K. Hammel-II without whose assistance and talents the graphics
and Website would not have been possible.
To William K. Hammel-III who assisted his grandfather in research. William
scoured many of the microfilms at Loras College in Dubuque. For his assistance
in scanning newspaper articles, documents and photos. His keen eye found
many interesting tidbits and articles. His assistance is greatly appreciated.
To Jake, Eli and Keeley Hammel and Chris Martin who with their brother
William gleefully assisted "grandpa" with his research. Their assistance
is greatly appreciated.
We would like to express our gratitude to Assistant Chief William Friedrich
of the Downers Grove, Illinois Fire Department for so graciously allowing
us to use his photo collection of the Dubuque Fire Department apparatus.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance given us by Ken TeKippe, Director
of Finance, City of Dubuque for giving us access to his personal collection
of historic City of Dubuque Annual Financial Reports which contained a
great deal of information and several photos relating to the Dubuque Fire
To the Family of the late Fire Chief Robert N. Dunphy; Chief Dunphy's
daughters Maureen Dunphy-Frommelt, Marlys Dunphy and Eileen Dunphy his
widow for donating his scrapbooks and photos which were invaluable in
our research and the writing of the book.
To the Telegraph Herald, Woodward Communications, Inc. and in particular
Brian Cooper Executive Editor for his assistance in gaining permission
to republish content-articles and photographs-from the TH and its predecessor
A very special thank you goes to Asst. Chief Dave Schuster and Medical
Officer Kevin Schmitt for their invaluable assistance.
We wish to acknowledge and thank the following individuals who contributed
to our research by making available or donating their photo collections
to us for inclusion in the Book:
George Brown, retired Senior Fire Alarm Dispatcher Main Fire Alarm Office
of the Chicago Fire Department.
Paul ‘Yogi’ Behr, retired FEO Dubuque Fire Department.
Robert ‘Bob’ Waddick, retired Captain Dubuque Fire Department.
Assistant Chief Richard ‘Dick’ Ruden, Dubuque Fire Department.
Patricia Casey-Remington, daughter of the late Captain Pat Casey.
Maynard Slaght, son of the late Engineer Ray Slaght of the Dubuque Fire