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Fire Fighting Career, 1963 - 1984
Hartford Fire Department, Hartford Fire Department 1963 - 1984 Hartford Fire Department Hartford, Connecticut Fire Captain Started as a firefighter in 1963.
I was promoted to Pump Operator in 1968.
At this time I also passed exams for Aerial Ladder Driver, Deputy Chief's Aide, and Fire Inspector.
In 1972.
I actually gave this up to help a black firefighter to help him achieve this.
I was promoted to Fire Lieutenant, at this time I was also offered the position of Fire Inspector, which I declined.
In 1980 I was promoted to Fire Captain. At this time, I was also offered the position of Fire Prevention Lieutenant, which I declined.
As a Fire Captain I was responsible for 24 men assigned to four shifts, took command at fires, drill training, firehouse upkeep.
I acted as a Deputy Chief on a rotation basis and responsible for one-third of the city's fire activities.
I was in the First class of those certified as an EMT for the Hartford Fire Department.
I was a Certified Local 760 Union Counselor.(I saved several jobs). I was in the first class of the Hartford Fire Departments certified to become one of The Hartford Fire Department a EMT and had a patch on my uniform Disabled in 1984.

The Original What is a Fire fighter? Tribute signed by the author
I am sure that you have seen the What is a Fire fighter? tribute, but here I am the author before fire fighter was officially firefighter.
Own a Part of Fire Fighting History,

I am the Original author Of the 1968 essay What is A Fire Fighter? written in 1968.
When I went To Bond Press in Hartford Connecticut to have them lithograph my essay, they did not recognize the word Firefighter and spelled it Fire Fighter
These are not computer generated ink jet printings. They were made by metal engravings and printed on parchment style paper .
They Measure 11X;x14" inch;.
I have a few, prints of the ORIGINAL Lithographer prints done by Bond Press. Contact me at

This is my legacy and I want to pass it on.
What is a Fire Fighter?, and who have autographed a print for my collection and own a print of my essay include (these are not for sale)

(new)On September 29, 2023 my son Jim Taylor Jr. attended in Vienna, Austria "The Original Close-Up Magic Symposium," an elite gathering of master magicians at Cheung's Magic Theater. He presented Giacomo Bertinian copy of my lithographed print What is a Fire Fighter? Signed by me with a COA. In return I received a lithographed print which my son showed them and it was autographed for me by the following master magicians: Roberto Giobbi , Armando Lucero , Bebel , Francis Tabary , Magic Christian (insisting on signing with his fountain pen!),
Markobi , Bill Cheung , Giacomo Bertini ,
Flip Hallema , Rune Carlsen , Sergio Starman (winner of competition) , Boris Wild , Hanno Rhomberg , Kurt Freitag , Joachim Solberg , Akira Fujii , Angelo Mirra , (new)

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Reverend Jessie Lee Peterson,
Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk (born February 3, 1947), professionally known as Melanie or Melanie Safka, is an American singer-songwriter. She is best known for the 197 global hit Brand New Key, her cover of Ruby Tuesday, her composition What Have They Done to My Song , and her 1970 international breakthrough hit Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) (inspired by her experience of performing at the 1969 Woodstock music festival)
Senator Joe Lieberman, Casey Kasem, Bob Denver (Giligan), Lynn Redgrave (actress)
Chef Paul Prudhomme (he just passed way in October 2015)
Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida First Lady Columba Bush CT Governor John Rowland and Patty Rowland,Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell, Pat Buchanan, Reverend Jerry Falwell, Doris Day (singer, actress),
Zola Levitt,
Tommy James( Tommy James and the Shondells. The band was known for their hits including “Mony Mony”, “Crimson and Clover”, and “I Think We’re Alone Now” , Gary Puckett, Jay Leno, Larry Thomas. Internationally known as. "THE SOUP NAZI" from "Seinfeld"
Jack Jones, singer, Pat Boone (singer, actor), Gary Sinise, Jay Leno.
Jimmy Clanton is an American singer who was a teenage idol, His band recorded a hit song "Just A Dream" which Clanton had written in 1958.
Robin Mark (Christain singer and sing writer)from Belfast Ireland signed in person on 8/26/17.
Nancy Stafford (Nancy Elizabeth Stafford is an American actress, speaker and author, known for her roles on television. She came to prominence in the 1980s as Ben Matlock law partner and friend, Michelle Thomas, on Matlock)
Pastor Doug Batchelor (Amazing Facts).

I am the Original author Of the 1969 essay "What is A Fire Fighter?" written in 1969.
When I went To Bond Press in Hartford Connecticut to have them lithographed my essay, they did not recognize the word Firefighter and spelled it Fire Fighter

This photo is of me in 1968 on watch when I wrote this.
The start of the backdraft, I was in front of the dumpster

After me being blown 30 feet I am against the car with my helmet on the ground

The collection that you see above is not for sale and my collection of signed essays are not for sale.

In 1976 I had color lithographed prints!
49 years old as of 2024.
The last couple paragraphs read as follows:
The Tolls are great among these men, greater then almost every other occupation.
The rewards; long hours, working weekends and holidays. He gives up time with his own family for the sake and safeguard of those who see only the superficial man and not the superman that perhaps he is. For this he is if only in the heart and mind of a child not blinded by the isms of life, but instead opened by a tear as his floppy-eared puppy responds to the carefully applied artificial respiration given to it by a combination doctor, fire fighter, truck driver and yes, maybe a superman. Perhaps that tear is the fire fighter's reward. Someday he too may shed a tear for a fallen comrade, silently praying that his own last alarm will herald the end to a glorious career through retirement, and not through death or injury.
What is a fire fighter? Ask the people that he has helped in times of fire, flood, plane, car and boat disasters, accidents through carelessness or in times of war.
When others walk away the fire fighter must now take on the responsibilities of saving lives and property.
A giant, a superman, a constant vigil for the prevention of fire. Oh, to have the eyes and faith of a child, If only grownups were so blessed, the fire fighters life would be the richest on earth.


Copyright © 1968- "What is a Fire Fighter?" James Taylor