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Coolest Community Service Ever, 1942

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 27, 2013

(But then I’ve always been a fan of firefighters.)

On 18 June 1942, volunteer firemen Ross Albert Nielsen (left, in both pictures) and Harro Beyer (right) posed in their volunteer firemen’s gear in the town of Brawley, California:








Firemen Nielsen and Beyer were otherwise known as Elders Nielsen and Beyer of the California Mission. They served as volunteer firemen — manning the telephone during the night, alerting other firemen when needed, and responding to the occasional emergency — in exchange for living quarters in the firehouse at free or reduced rent.

(Photos contributed by Ralph B. Nielsen, Elder Nielsen’s son.)



  1. And, in their white shirts and ties! Cool.

    Comment by Carol — September 27, 2013 @ 8:06 am

  2. Very cool.

    Comment by HokieKate — September 27, 2013 @ 8:22 am

  3. This is a picture my son sent home. The missionaries spent weeks cleaning up after the floods in Calgary this summer. Basements were filled with mud up to the ceiling. They’re looking for more work now; I’ll suggest the fire department.

    Comment by Carol — September 27, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  4. Very cool, both the Elders Firefighters, and the missionaries digging out in Cardston.

    Comment by kevinf — September 27, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

  5. Cardston, Calgary. Both cow towns. Not a dime’s worth of difference between ’em. :)

    Comment by Mark B. — September 27, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  6. Doh. Calgary. But I agree with you, Mark. I spent a week in Cardston one afternoon last year.

    Comment by kevinf — September 27, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

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