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Object Name Badge
Date ca. 1909-1915
Description Commemorative pin of gold colored metal, composed of three sections. The upper section is engraved: "WILLIAM FINK / ALDERMAN 71ST DISTRICT." The Central section has an image of a firefighting apparatus surrounded by a coiled fire hose, and the lower section is in the form of a fireman's speaking trumpet. The pin measures 2.25 inches high by 1.625 inches wide.
(Keywords: Firefighter, NSFD, New York City, Politics)
Acquisition Gift of William Fink
Ownership and History William Fink was born April 19, 1872 in West New Brighton, Staten Island. He served as a New York City Alderman for the 71st district from 1909 until 1915. (The Board of Aldermen was a precursor to the New York City Council.)

Mr. Fink also managed a hotel on Castleton Avenue and served as volunteer firefighter. Prior to his 1905 election as Chief Engineer of the North Shore Fire Department, Mr. Fink served with Wyandotte Hook & Ladder Co. No. 5, Medora Hook & Ladder Co. No. 3, and Castleton Fire Patrol Co. No. 1. Following his term as Alderman, Mr. Fink served as Chief of Staten Island's Bureau of Inspection.

William Fink was married twice, to Margaret Mead (in 1900) and to Augusta Primps (in 1920). [See additional items relating to William Fink.]
Earliest Date 1909
Latest Date 1915
Subjects Fire fighters
Political elections
Government officials
Fire fighting
Government officials
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Symbol
Associated People Fink, William
Catalog Number X98.1232
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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