VIDEO: Roanoke’s Fire Station 7 was recently demolished after nearly a century of serving Grandin Village, but people got to take a piece of its history home for free this weekend.
Roanoke Fire EMS gave away more than 1,000 bricks salvaged from the historic structure, which had stood since 1922. The fire department tore down the firehouse to make way for a new, larger fire station on the same site.
Many people sought after the free bricks to complement their own memories and experiences of the “Old No. 7.”
John Hall, who was among the first to receive a brick, had spent more than 20 years serving as a firefighter out of Fire Station 7 after returning to Roanoke from his Army service in Vietnam.
Roanoke resident Mary Beth Crowgey picked up a brick because of how important she believed the building was to Grandin Village.