Peoria’s (IL) Fire Station 4 Will Honor City’s First African American Firefighter

The facility cost around $3 million, which was split between city and state funds.

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Construction for Peoria’s (IL) Fire Station 4 is expected to wrap up in early March, and, once finished, it will honor the city’s first African American firefighter, reports week.com.

A project three years in the making, Edward B. Gaines Fire Station 4 aims to not only give firefighters a respectable home to help an area that’s in need, but it will also honor a man who broke barriers, the report says.

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The facility, at Western and Howett, cost around $3 million, which was split between city and state funds. Once it’s up and running, it will house Truck 4 and Engine 4.

The current Station 4, located on Southwest Jefferson, is the oldest in the city and its future is unclear; the plumbing’s unreliable and its walls are falling, according to the report.

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