Patches of the world
Retired firefighter lines station walls with department insignias
November 9, 2022
In his 50-plus years as a volunteer firefighter with the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District, Dave Trask, who retired in March, responded to 19,351 fire calls and 11,700 rescue and emergency medical services calls. Nice, solid figures.
But ask him exactly how many patches he's collected from fire departments around the country and world, and he's stumped.
Whatever the number, it's enough to fill an entire wall - and nearly all of a second - at Main Station No. 21.
These patches, which bear unique, locale-specific designs, are typically pinned to the shoulder of a firefighter's unifo...