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Mayor Bogaard celebrates 125 years for Pasadena Fire Dept. and 125th Rose Parade

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The Mayor of Pasadena gets some say as to how he and his family will ride in the Rose Parade. Bill Bogaard, who has served the City government for more than three decades, is choosing to honor the 125th anniversary of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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We got some photos (see the slideshow with this article) of the three fire trucks being decorated at Brookside Pavilion on Monday by J. Keith White and his staff.

Mayor Bogaard will ride with his wife Claire and grandchildren Cristina, Elisabeth, Jeremiah, Jon Slava, and Liesl in a 1952 Seagrave Triple Combination Fire Engine. Michael Maas, whose family has served in the Pasadena Fire Department for 96 years, is the driver.

This special entry includes a 1909 Seagrave AC40 chemical engine, affectionately known as “The Old Rig,” and an 1899 American Metropolitan, which is pulled by horses courtesy of G&F Carriages.

The 1952 Seagrave was bought at auction from the City of South Gate by a private party. It has the loudest non-electric siren made, “Federal Q.” The 1909 was the first motorized Seagrave fire engine west of the Mississippi and is owned by PFD. It served from 1909 to 1930, first as a fire truck and later as a lighting and monitor unit. Firefighters restored it in 1966 and it is on display in PFD’s Station 6.

Ahrens Fire Engine Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio built the horse-drawn American Metropolitan steamer, which was pulled by a troika. It came online for the Los Angeles Fire department in 1899 and used until 1921. MGM Studios purchased it and used it in the movies. Since 2000, it’s been in the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.

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