- "It was the custom, before we had our own horses, to have horses come in from neighboring stables and draw the apparatus at a fixed fee," he recalled. "The drop harness was always in position so that when the horses were brought in they went immediately to their places. The harness was made in only one way – large. But on this occasion one of the team was what we called at that time a carriage horse. I was the driver, and as we sped up Forest Avenue atop the old steam pumper, I turned to the chief and told him that the harness would not stay put. The chief gave one command, and I had to crawl out upon the wagon pole, even though the horses were galloping at top speed, and hold the harness into position until we reached the fire. It was certainly a wonderful sight to see a team of powerful horses gallop down our street, drawing the apparatus." He shook his head sadly. "When the paid department took over and motorized equipment was installed, it took away that glamour."
Greene Avenue was never cut through Herman Ringe’s property although it remains marked on official zoning maps. A Walgreens now occupies the site of Ringe’s home and its parking lot replaced his office.