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Published on Apr 6, 2013
On July 22, 1920, a fire broke out in the barn on the estate of Madison resident and Rockefeller heiress Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. Five of Mrs. Dodge's horses were killed. The Madison Fire Department's resources could not pump water fast enough, which contributed to the devastation.
In response to that tragedy, Mrs. Dodge bought one of the best fire engines of the day and donated it to the Madison Fire Department. The truck was long thought lost, but by a chance meeting at the Madison Fire Department in 2012, it was discovered in a collection in Massachusetts. A dedicated group of residents is now trying to raise funds to bring the fire engine, which they have named "Geraldine" in honor of Mrs. Dodge, home to Madison.