Los Angeles Fire Department
Chief Michael Curran
Michael Curran shows up in history in about 1886 as an engineer at Engine Company No2, also know by its volunteer moniker, Confidence Engine, the fire house was located at Main St near First Street. Curran was considered the best mechanic on the department and it was said he knew how to fix anything.
"Engine 2 also had a station mascot, Chief, which the sober-faced
firefighters said "is the handsomest man in the department--only he's a
dog." Chief ran to every fire immediately ahead of the horses, while
managing to keep out of the way of their hooves. He barked and
encouraged the horses to greater speed with affectionate leaps at their
noses as he bounded down the street in the lead.
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