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Catalog Number 2015.007.001
Object Name Helmet
Description Leather fire helmet, painted yellow, with crest that bears "Elk Grove Lieut." Used by Raymond Hohman, a member of the Elk Grove Village Fire Department from 1966 - 1996.

In the middle is a silver medallion with a single bugle, the symbol of a Lieutenant rank. Six patriotic flag and identification decals applied to the helmet were added by Raymond. Plexiglass protective eyewear attached to front of helmet on hinge to flip down over eyes when needed. Interior of helmet includes maker information as Cairns & Brother Inc. of Clifton, New Jersey.
Collection Elk Grove Historical Museum
Search Terms fire department
Notes Ray Hohman originally joined the Elk Grove Fire Department on January 16, 1966. He was one of the village's first six firemen who was promoted to full-time in May of 1967. According to a Daily Herald news article dated December 16, 1969, Ray Hohman was given medication for spinal meningitis after responding to a call that a four month old was not breathing, by which he performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The child did not survive and Ray returned to duty.

Ray was promoted to Engineer and sworn in by Village President, Jack Pahl, on October 6, 1970. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1972, a position he filled until his retirement from the department in 1996.
Source Julianne E. Hohman-Grable