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Stephen Heaver of the Fire Museum of Maryland holds a lantern that was used on an antique steam pumper (background) used to fight the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.
Stephen Heaver of the Fire Museum of Maryland holds a lantern that was used on an antique steam pumper (background) used to fight the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. (Sun photo by Algerina Perna)

Like so many others around Baltimore, we at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville were saddened to learn about the passing of Thomas D’Alesandro III. The D’Alesandro family has had a huge impact on Maryland, starting with “Young Tommy’s” father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., who was a member of Congress and then a three-term mayor of Baltimore. His sister, Nancy Pelosi, is Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Fire Museum is currently working to provide a new home for the “Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr." fireboat, which is currently at the Tradepoint Atlantic site. Put in service in 1956, and named after the sitting mayor of Baltimore, “The Tommy,” as she’s affectionately known, was the first diesel-powered and most powerful fireboat ever in service with the Baltimore City Fire Department. We are excited about the opportunity to bring “The Tommy” to the museum, where we will honor the legacy of the D’Alesandro family, and where this historic fireboat can be preserved and interpreted for future generations.

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Stephen G. Heaver, Lutherville

The writer is director of the Fire Museum of Maryland

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