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Protective Services



Newark's growth in the nineteenth century led to establishment of a police force with the hiring of a town bailiff in 1867. In 2008, the city's Police Department numbers sixty officers and twenty-one civilian employees.

(Photograph of police officers)
Photograph of police
officers William
Cunningham (left) and
Elmer Morrison, 1930s.
Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr.,
papers.

A disastrous Christmas Day fire at the Dean Woolen Mill, 1886, prompted organization of the Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company in late 1887. The contemporary company is a combination volunteer and career department with over 100 volunteers and six employed emergency service providers who give "Service for Others," Aetna's motto.


Bylaws, receipts toward purchase of first uniforms, and list of charter members, 1887-1888.
James Hossinger papers.
Gift of James Thompson

100th anniversary : Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, Newark, Delaware : December 17, 1988. Newark, Del. : Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, 1988.

(Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, 100th anniversary, 1988)
100th anniversary:
Aetna Hose, Hook
and Ladder Company
.
Newark, Del.: Aetna
Hose, Hook and
Ladder Company, 1988.

Newark, Delaware, Police Department : 125 years of community service, 1867-1992 : commemorative album / compiled and written by Robert C. Barnes ; edited by Bill Zagar ; with artwork by Ellen Marshall. Newark, Del. : s.n., 1992.

Photograph of police officers William Cunningham (left) and Elmer Morrison, 1930s.
Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr., papers.
Gift of Mrs. Hugh F. Gallagher, Jr.

Enlarged reproduction of a postcard of Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder, Station No. 9, Newark, Del.
Delaware Postcard collection.





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