Fire Station #8 Update


From Alexandra Bocian and Peggy Jones

In September, Acting County Manager Mark Schwartz recommended to the County Board that it create a community task force to address the siting of Fire Station No. 8. In October, the County Board received a draft charge and suggested composition for a Fire Station No. 8 Task Force. The Task Force will study the question of relocating and modernizing Fire Station No. 8 and make recommendations to the County Board by May 2016. Two members of the 12-person Task Force are residents of High View Park:

Marguarite Reed Gooden grew up in Halls Hill having attended Langston Elementary, Stratford Junior High and Yorktown High School. She recently retired after 39 years as a teacher and administrator and considers her two children her greatest accomplishment.

As the first fire station below the Mason Dixon Line to employ African American firefighters, Fire Station #8 plays a major role in history (see “Time Capsule” for related story). Referred to as “Legends of Station 8,” the group dealt with “Jim Crow” segregation practices and earned a reputation as the fastest and the most efficient responders during that time. 

Marguarite is ideally suited for her role as her father was a “Legend of Station 8,” one of four still living. She hopes to be their voice as this debate continues.

Rodney W. Turner, an attorney working for a financial services organization in DC, lives on N. Culpeper with his wife Kimberly and two children. A member of the community for 13 years, Rodney is eager to serve as one of the Task Force representatives.