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The "Pride of Petworth" started out 100 years ago with a motorized pump-and-hose wagon, the first of its kind in the D.C. fire department. The equipment has changed since then but Engine Co. 24's service to the community has not. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Charles Hottinger, at center, vice president of IAFF Local 36, talks with Rick Moore, who served as a lieutenant in Engine Co. 24 during his career with the D.C. Fire Department, during Engine Company 24's centennial celebration in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 27, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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A member of Engine Co. 24 signs a commemorative poster during the company's centennial celebration in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 27, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Lou Reid, from left, who served with Engine Co. 24 for 11 years, and Doug Wheeler, a 34-year veteran of the D.C. Fire Department and former Captain of Engine Co. 24, talk with Capt. Chris Sefton, at right, and his wife Stacy during Engine Company 24's centennial celebration. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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John Lockwood, a retired battalion fire chief in the D.C. Fire Department and former member of Engine Co. 24, speaks during Engine Company 24's centennial celebration. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Firefighter Doug Wheeler, second from left, whose father is a 34-year veteran of the D.C. Fire Department and former captain of Engine Co. 24, stands with fellow Engine Co. 24 members during a centennial celebration. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Engine Co. 24 Capt. Chris Sefton, at left, looks over members of his crew after a group photograph during Engine Company 24's centennial celebration. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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The "Pride of Petworth" started out 100 years ago with a motorized pump-and-hose wagon, the first of its kind in the D.C. fire department. The equipment has changed since then but Engine Co. 24's service to the community has not. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)