History of Keystone Steam Fire Engine Co. #1
With the growth of the village the idea for protection against fire evinced itself and the good citizens of Boyertown raised a popular subscription to purchase a small hand-engine at Pottstown. The' volunteers of that day were not very diligent and in 1867 the Fairview Fire Co. was hopelessly in debt, at least so much so that the borough fathers concluded to buy the apparatus, and appropriated a small sum yearly to keep the same in repair. The small hand-engine was sold to Fleetwood where it still stands in a wagon shed, evidently out of service.
In 1873 a new NO.2 Silsby Steamer was purchased as well as a hose carriage, a hose truck, and six hundred feet of leather hose. These were placed in the hands of the newly organized Keystone Steam Fire Engine Co., of which I. B. Hankey became the first president. For a while a house was leased to store the apparatus, but in 1878 the site of the present engine house and town hall was purchased and the substantial two-story house erected thereon the following year. In 1884 a part of the building was arranged for a borough lockup; which arrangement was somewhat changed and a new lockup erected to the rear only a few years ago. The upper story has been handsomely fitted up for the use of the company, and a part is reserved as a Council Chamber.
The Company was organized January 27th. 1873. and was incorporated May 6th, 1873. The motto of the Company "When Duty Calls 'Tis Ours To Obey" was adopted, and a board of hose and engine directors elected.