It was an honor that was years in the making on Tuesday for one special local hero.
On Aug. 3, 1939, John Harris — who served in the latter part of the 19th Century as the first Black firefighter with the Kokomo Fire Department — died and was buried on a small plot of land at Crown Point Cemetery, just north of Carter Street.
And for 82 years, no one but cemetery record keepers even knew where Harris’ final resting place was, as there was no headstone or grave marker highlighting the exact location.
But that’s not the case anymore, thanks to a group of local historians and first responders.
It all started earlier this year when KFD Division Chief Glenda Myers was doing a bit of background research on Harris and went out to the cemetery to look for his burial site.