Recently, Davenport’s Central Fire Station, the oldest active fire station west of the Mississippi River, received national recognition for its restoration, renovation and addition, which managed to preserve the historic building while dealing with the overwhelming need to modernize.
Former Fire Chief Lynn Washburn was the person arguably most responsible for the successful completion of this complex project. In spite of some opposition along the way, she persisted.
Chief Washburn was the right person here at the right time that had a vision for this historic fire station. The citizens of Davenport and the Scott County Historic Preservation Society owe her their gratitude for her efforts.
She was subsequently fired. She was mentioned only once in the article about the fire station in Saturday’s edition of the Quad-City Times.
Let’s give credit where credit is due.
Editor’s note: Grove is a Scott County Historic Preservation Society board member