BFD Veteran Badge #67 (Hallmarked-Mitchell Mfg. Co., Boston) belonged to Edward A. Perkins. According to published biographical sketches of Edward Perkins, he began his firefighting career in 1843. Over the years he served in South Boston on “Suffolk” Engine Company No. 1, “Perkins” Engine No. 16, Engine No. 2, and “Hancock” Hook & Ladder No. 5. He was discharged from H&L No.5 at the age of 61 on November 11, 1887. (see photo of badge back and also “A Complete History of the Boston Fire Department” by Brayley (1889) at p. 521). In the 1870 BFD Annual Report he is listed as a “Member” of H&L No. 5, having badge No. 725. His listed occupation in the late 1800s BFD Annual Reports was that of a “Cooper,” not a full-time firefighter. Edward Perkins was apparently part of the large group of working citizens that also comprised a major portion of the Boston firefighting force that was “on call,” on duty only at fires. The HISTORY AND BY-LAWS OF THE BOSTON Veteran Firemen's Association, From 1833 to 1898 by Samuel Abbott, (1898) lists Mr. Edward A. Perkins among the “Active Member,” admitted in April 1878.
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