West Babylon Fire Dept. Eagle Engine Co. 6's History

Co 6 Patch

The actual date that Company 6 was formed is unknown. Today Company 6 uses the date June 9, 1959, as its anniversary, but since the creation of a new company was announced at Company 2's meeting on June 8, 1959, it appears that Company 6 was formed earlier. In fact, on January 12, 1959, the members of Company 2 decided to send a letter to the Board of Fire Commissioners advising them that Company 2 would chose which fire engine they would keep if a new company was formed. To complicate the matter, the records of Company 6 do not contain any record of its first meeting, and the minutes of the second meeting do not make any reference to any earlier meetings. On the other hand, the Company was fully organized before this second meeting, it had its Officers in place and had $500.00 in its treasury, presumably a share in the Departments Annual Fund Drive. At this "second" meeting the membership held a normal business meeting, with little reference to any organizational matters, except deciding on a permanent meeting day. In fact, the members were advised of their attendance percentage for December 30, 1958 to July 6, 1959. This Company was formed by members of Company 2 that were unhappy with members of Company 2. Most, though not all, wanted to become Officers and felt that all of Company 2's Officers came from a small clique which excluded them from being elected to any office. Company 6 was formed to give these men a chance to become Officers.

In some ways it is not surprising that this new company could be formed with little or no startup problems. Most, if not all its members had been members of Company 2. William Krollage Jr. was Chief of the Department, his father William Krollage Sr. had served as 3rd Assistant Chief and was the first Captain of Company 2. A number of other members of Company 6 had either been charter members or had held office in Company 2. These men had experience in starting a new engine company. Surprisingly, only one member of Company 6 followed Fire Department procedures by requesting an official transfer from Company 2, which was refused. Company 2 also refused to turn over to Company 6 the personnel records of the men that had "transferred" to Company 6.

Eagle Company 6's first few years were spent building up its membership and its treasury. It appears that the Company had a problem getting its members to attend Company drills and fires. This is not all that surprising, these were mostly experienced members that were operating one of the trucks that they had been originally trained on. Training problems aside, the combined experience of the members eliminated most of the growing pains that Company 2 had gone through. A review of the minutes of Company 6 would give the reader the feeling that this was a long established company. The only clue that this was a new company is found in the minutes of the meeting on May 15, 1960 when the members choose Green and White as the Company colors. The following month the members elected to purchase the first Company Jackets, at $5.00 each. Most of its meetings during the 1960s, were devoted to discussions on increasing the treasury and training. One of the schemes devised by the Company, to raise funds, was a