MANISTEE — The Manistee Fire Department celebrated its 130th Anniversary Monday, and a designation as the Oldest Continuously Manned Operating Fire Station by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Manistee firefighter Fred LaPoint headed up the research to get the fire station located at 281 First St. into the record books. The city hosted a plaque dedication for the station Monday evening, with LaPoint unveiling the plaque that is mounted on the northeast corner of the building.

“It was my hope that not only it bring recognition and awareness to this historic gem that is the Manistee fire station, but also recognition and contributions for all who have served here,” LaPoint said in remarks to a gathering of firefighters and officials. “The significance of the fire station and those men and women who have served here is something worth preserving.”

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David L. Barber contributed to this report.

The Managing Editor for the Ludington Daily News since June 2018 and on the staff since Oct. 2011, taking over for legendary Lloyd Wallace. Previously with The Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and the Tuscola County Advertiser in Caro.

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