Fire Department Ornaments

Written by Will Baum
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Fire department ornaments are extremely collectible tributes to the men and women who risk all to keep our homes and businesses from going up in flames. Some collect firefighter toys; others collect baseball caps bearing the logos of various fire departments across the country. But toys get banged up. Caps get sun bleached. Fire department ornaments can be kept in pristine condition and, like any good collectible, are bound to gain value over the years.

Fire Department Ornaments and 9/11

Currently, the most sought after fire department ornaments are those that pay tribute to the firefighters who fought and died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Ornaments portraying the New York skyline before that day, memorializing the Twin Towers are particularly popular.

Another ornament recreates the famous image of firefighters raising the flag in the rubble at Ground Zero. The image echoes the famous image of American soldiers raising the stars and stripes at Iwo Jima. It captures a moment in time filled both with despair and hope.

Still another popular ornament is the New York City Fire Department's distinctive Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross originates with the Knights of St. John. The Malta-based Knights are considered some of history's first firefighters. During the crusades, they encountered fire being used as a weapon. Soldiers were doused with flammable liquid and set aflame. While some soldiers burned alive, others rushed to their rescue. These selfless rescuers are the model for the firefighter of today.


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