A lot of history, both local and otherwise, will be marching with the 133rd annual Fireman’s Day Parade today in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Thompson Street and Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda, then proceed south on Payne, west on Goundry Street, south on Webster Street, across the bridge into Tonawanda and finally, to Main and Broad streets in the City of Tonawanda.
From the City of Tonawanda, Fire Chief Charles Stuart said that the four volunteer companies — Union Hook and Ladder No. 1, National Hose No. 1, Delaware House No. 2 and Niagara Hose No. 3 — will take part, as will the career division, members of City of Tonawanda Professional Firefighters Local 859.
“Back in the heyday, it was nothing unusual for each company to turn out over 100 people themselves, so you would have over 1,000 in line,” he said. “It’s a national trend and it’s been that way for 20-plus years. People don’t volunteer as much. Double-income families make it difficult to volunteer. It makes it difficult to find the time.”