I just learned about the book, A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville’s Engine 78, written in 2001 by Karen Kruse. It sounds like an interesting read, so I’ve added it to my “To Read” list on Goodreads (I think I’ll add it to my Amazon wish list too, perhaps a Christmas present?). It’s available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook editions. You can even get a signed copy through the author’s website. Another neat thing about the book, the foreword is written by former Chicago Bears coach, Mike Ditka.
Here’s a brief description of the book from the author’s website:
From its humble beginnings in 1884 as a one-story frame building with one bay to house Hose Company 4 and its team of horses, Engine Company 78 has been the firefighting sentinel at the end of Waveland Avenue, sitting in the shadow of Wrigley Field. Using vintage photographs and moving stories from firefighters themselves, Karen Kruse captures the spirit and heroism of this historic Chicago landmark.