I was excited to come across the MFD website while looking for some historical information on my old high school in Miami (Miami Senior High). I noticed that you had a memorial page and recognized two names: Jack Beach and Elmer Wentworth. I used to date Mr. Wentworth's daughter back in High School, and my parents were very good friends with the Beach's before my father passed away on Dec. 1954 at age 29. He was a Fire Captain (Perry Donaldson Wise) and according to the Miami News clipping, that I will send you when I unpack it, he was the youngest Lieutenant to be promoted to Captain in the history of the department. I had just turned five when he passed, so I don't remember a lot about him. I have a few pictures of him that I am forwarding to you. My mom, who passed away in 1997, told me years ago that he took me just about everywhere he went. The family picture is at the old station on 27th Ave. between Flagler and 7th St.
My hope is to get Dad's name on the Memorial section of you web site. Thanks for your consideration.
Kenneth Perry Wise
Chemical 12 date unknown
Donnie Reynolds, Bill Voliva, Capt.Gary Thomas, Buster Hewitt, Clayton "Speedy" Gonzalez, Frank Solano we were inspecting the Mutiny hotel in the Grove....
management ask if we could open a room they couldnt get open......
after openin, in a big lavish bath tub we found a body... it had been there for several days.....photo taken by MPD crime scene photographer...
Somebody has to do it... the desk manager at the Mutiny Hotel, thanking me for opening up the locked room..WOW..was that a great job or what...gotta keep the taxpayers happy..what ever it takes
L to R Joel Guilfoyle, Clayton "Speedy" Gonzalez, Joe Kloo and Donnie Reynolds Fires out...taking a break.........L to R Joel Guilfoyle Clayton "speedy" Gonzalez
Joe Kloo and Donnie Reynolds
Holy Cow !!!! batman...that's more than just a couch on fire
Hey guys !!!!I think I struck oil..... L to R Donnie Reynolds , Clayton
Gonzalez ,Joel Guilfoyle , Joe Kloo, Bob Fink (looking down) and Capt.
I'll stand here and hold the ladder down Bob....you chop
This is the old fire alarm office on SW 1 St
Joan, Ozzie and Margie
Sitting...Richard Baker, John Carland, Bill Smith and Bruce Stephans
sitting behind the table are ....Jerry Striet,Donnie Reynolds,Harry Frith and Dave
standing L to R....Don Breske, Bill Voliva, Rick Bruno, Joe Rambo, Lt. P.J. Mount, and Pat Roach
Donnie Reynolds.... we went in on a third alarm down town on a Saturday around 1:30 PM warehouse at 11st or terr. and NW 2 ave.. .when we got there NO unit had entered the building..... Fire load.... unbelievable...... that was my third time back in now that was fun... what a job !!!!!!!
Ladder 8 and Ladder 1/3
L8B - Joe Gonzalez, Don Reid, Donnie Reynolds, Doug Hodgins, Capt.Bob Rehr the day Donnie took Don Reid fishing for sharks ...... and used Reid for the bait. This was taken at the Miami Seaquarium on Firemans day
MIAMI FIRE DEPT 1930s
Late 1970's Left to right:
Capt Jim Nelson, Jerry Miller, Larry Fidler, Mike Huber
Joe Vickers, Wally Barton, Same Stone, Jim Tolbert,
Dan Meadows, Fred Keller
SWAT Medic Team created in November 1979
P.J. Mount, Pat Roach, Mike Essex
3700 NW 7th Avenue Built in 1933-34 and funded by the Federal Emergency Relief Agency. Classes were held on the first floor and the Fire College office was on the second floor.
Andy Sixkiller 10/13/2007. Played for the Hurricanes and Dolphins.
Guy T. Coggins (Sta 6) '52 or '53 Guy T. Coggins (Sta 6)
This picture was taken in the mid-1980's. It was behind Station 12. We called it the "Fog Bowl" because we could hardly see anything. It was an "inter-station" football game. This was the "post-game" picture.
This entry was submitted by Wes Brown, the son of W.S. Brown and the grandson of Guy T Coggin who was on the Miami Police Dept and transferred to the Fire Dept. His nickname was "Big Red".