All Boston firefighters are called Jakes. When I was appointed to the department over forty years ago, I asked my peers how the nickname originated. The most common reply was "I dunno." Throughout my career I would occasionally pursue the answer without success. These ineffective research attempts termindated at my retirement testimonial when I asked a retired deputy fire chief, long noted for his historical knowledge of the department, and his thoughtful reply was, "Who cares?"
So, this book is named and dedicated to all Boston Jakes; past, present and future. May they be ever thus.
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