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June 4, 2014

Looking Back: Berkley Firehouse

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BERKLEY — Berkley Fireman Larry Harrison slides down the fire pole in the old firehouse on Coolidge Highway in Berkley.

While the response to a fire alarm may look like fun, it also could be dangerous. Lt. Ed Henning broke his leg, and “Shorty” Schneider lost an ear heading down the fire pole.

The firehouse since has moved to its location as part of the Berkley Public Safety Department on 12 Mile Road, while the pole now resides in the Berkley Historical Museum.

James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.