Former Monrovia Fire Chief Harry Stevens Honored on 84th Anniversary of Death

Chief Brad Dover and Historian Steve Baker look over some of the mementos pertaining to the life of Harry Stevens. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

By Terry Miller

Monrovia Fire and Rescue held a special dedication event in honor of former Monrovia Fire Chief Harry A. Stevens, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.

It was on that Dec. 4, 1934, that Stevens was killed while he was on patrol in the wind blasted areas of Monrovia during a major storm. An electric-powered RedCar struck his vehicle.

Monrovia Chief Brad Dover and City Historian Steve Baker highlighted the former chief’s accomplishments while introducing Marshal Stevens, Harry’s grandson who was present at Tuesday’s event at the fire station.

Baker said the items donated from the Stevens’ family will become part of the Legacy Project at Monrovia History Museum for generations to come.

Stevens was the “chauffeur” in this vintage fire engine photo. The Seagrave, which was recently restored, was also the backdrop for Tuesday’s event. – Courtesy photo

Stevens worked for the city for 18 years. He was first appointed in 1916 and served as an engineer until he was promoted to chief in 1920. According to the city, “Chief Stevens quickly recognized the needs of the growing community, inspiring him to modernize the fire department. During his tenure, he ordered a new American La France Pumper, built a new fire station, and hired more firemen, which allowed the community to be serviced by two complete fire companies.”

After brief, albeit humorous anecdotes, Chief Dover invited councilmembers to unveil a replica of the plaque that’ll be placed in front of Station 101.

December 5, 2018

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