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Friendship Firehouse Marks 238th Birthday

Susan Allen, wife of U.S. Senate Republican candidate George Allen, stops and talks with Lt. David Denardo and John Renner. Allen made a visit to the second floor of the firehouse museum to view the framed photo of her father-in-law Coach George Allen. The coach was a member of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association and his picture hangs on the wall of the museum.

Susan Allen, wife of U.S. Senate Republican candidate George Allen, stops and talks with Lt. David Denardo and John Renner. Allen made a visit to the second floor of the firehouse museum to view the framed photo of her father-in-law Coach George Allen. The coach was a member of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association and his picture hangs on the wall of the museum. LOUISE KRAFFT

— The 100 block of S. Alfred Street was blocked off on Saturday, Aug. 5 for the annual Friendship Firehouse birthday celebration. Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. Alexandria fire personnel brought in fire trucks for the visitors to explore while the museum held an open house. More than 1,000 visitors passed through the museum during the celebration.