Some photos are too good to be true. This is one of them. The caption above was written for an exhibit we did a few years ago on the Edina Police and Fire Departments called "To Protect and Serve." I loved how the photo accurately depicted that sentiment, showing our firefighters as they raced off into a fire with smoke billowing ahead of them.
Even at the time, I did wonder how the photographer managed to capture the image. Was he just in the right place at the right time? How did he happen to be at a fire just as the fire department raced to the scene?
As I found out later, the photo was posed for an insurance ad, according to word from firefighters working in the 1950s. I have tried to reach photographer Clark Dean for more information, but haven't had any luck finding him. I would love to have the print advertisement that used this photo.
Although the fire wasn't real, everything else was. Edina firefighters in the photo include Larry Bacon (behind the truck). Bob Buresh (top center) and Ken Nelson (top right) as well as two unidentified men on Edina's American LaFrance fire truck.
Despite the fictional emergency, it's still a great photo that documents the 1950s in Edina.
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