Stevens Point's historical fire house gets new bell tower, brings back memories
STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--The oldest municipal building in Stevens Point gets some of
its flare back. Now, a bell tower once again sits on top of fire station 2. Among
those who watched the historic display—the daughter of a firefighter who worked
there more than 70 years ago.
Historic fire house 2 is on its way to being restored to its
former glory. Judy Cendretta couldn't believe her eyes.
"It's amazing. 1939 is when he was a fireman and I was just
born then. So we almost grew up at this fire station," Cendretta said.
More than 70 years ago, Cendretta's father was a firefighter
in Stevens Point. Now, as a bell tower sits on the roof, it's beginning to look
like it did all those years ago.
"I'm very choked up right now. That's all I can say. And
excitement, really happy they're doing this," Cendretta said.
After spending so much of her childhood at this fire station,
Cendretta says one thing is missing, "I wish my dad was here to just see it."
The original building is almost 130 years old. And the
Portage County Historical Society says keeping it standing is very important to
"It's a nice way for people to get back in touch with their
roots. We have firefighters' daughters that will come in and give us memories
of when they used to visit their dads here," Portage County Historical Society
secretary Karen Zinda said.
"It was like a second home for us. It was another part of
our life," Cendretta said.
A part she won't soon forget.
Groups in charge of the project say they are not sure when a
bell will be added to the tower. But they say they hope it's sometime soon.