Lipski Legacy: Celebrating 110 years of family firefighters in Wisconsin city

  • Source: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee
  • Published: 05/27/2022 12:00 AM

One family is celebrating more than a century of service to Milwaukee in 2022. The Lipski family has been serving in the Milwaukee Fire Department for 110 years. It started back in 1912 when current Chief Aaron Lipski's great-grandfather's oldest brother started at Engine No 21 off of Palmer and Lloyd Street. "First Sylvan, and then the second one was Ignatz [who] came on the job," Chief Lipski told 12 News. “My great grandfather was Henry I.” In 1944 his grandfather, Daniel F. Lipski joined, followed by his father Neil in 1977. “I was fortunate enough to come on in the same fire academy class as my older brother Dan," he said. The 110th anniversary is a milestone four generations in the making. When the first Lipski started in 1912 horses were still pulling their steam engines, and there were no water tanks on board.


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