The History of Firefighting in Murphysboro, Illinois is just what it says the history of efforts to protect life and property in Murphysboro, Illinois. It begins with the early efforts in the new city following the fire at Brownsville and concludes with the current city and rural departments as they are in 2012. Compiled by longtime Volunteer ?Fireman and department historian, Ron Manwaring, from historical newspaper records, old department records and first-hand accounts this book is the only known written history of firefighting efforts in Murphysboro. The book includes many old photographs and a list of fireman who have served the community.
Ronald S. Manwaring is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. A State-certified Health and Driver's Education teacher, he took a job as a patrolman with the Murphysboro Police Department in 1972. During this same time he also served as a voulnteer (paid-on-call) fireman for the Murphysboro Fire Department. Ron served many years as a Sergeant of the Murphysboro Police Department. In 1996, he was promoted to Chief and served until his retirement in 2002. In 2009, Ron officially retired from the Murphysboro Fire Department and became a lifetime member of the Coal Belt Fireman's Association. For many years Ron has been a "Firebuff" collecting thousands of pictures of fires and firetrucks. He also has an impressive collection of fire memorbilia.