With more than 125 Los Angeles Firefighters drafted to the battlefields of Europe in "The War to End All Wars", it is easy to forget the municipal challenge that remained in protecting the 550,000 residents of burgeoning Los Angeles from fire and other calamaties during World War I.
While the battle raged overseas, Firemen (and yes, several women) working at neighborhood Fire Stations retained a need for vision, progress and leadership at the helm of the LAFD.
Enter Archibald Eley.
Known to close friends - including several Mayors, as 'Archie', Chief Engineer Eley was a man of fortitude, harboring an unparalleled passion for protecting Los Angeles.
To learn more about this visionary leader, we welcome you to view an amazing snapshot of our past in an official Fire Department document delivered to City Hall in Los Angeles 93 years ago today...
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department