Local residents will soon be able to hold the entire history of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department in their hands. Local author Brent Lewis is writing a book on the department’s more than 60-year history due out later this year. He recently signed a contract with The History Press after discussions with the department leadership to document the story of the department through interviews with past and present members and vintage and current photographs. It will be his second book on local history published by the Charleston, S.C.-based company; his “Remembering Kent Island: Stories from the Chesapeake” was published last year and is entering a second printing.
Lewis is hoping to make contact with local residents who have information and photographs to contribute to the project. He would like to obtain pictures of people, fires and events such as parades and the fire department carnivals down through the years. Anyone who has information and illustrations they think could be useful is urged to get in touch with Lewis. He can be reached at 410-310-8216 or at brentlewis46gmail.com.
Lewis’ deadline for submitting photographs to the publisher is July 1 with the manuscript due on August 4. The release of the book is anticipated sometime this fall. He plans to donate all the proceeds from sales to the department. Schulz said the department has contracted with the publisher to buy a certain number of books for it to sell. He said he hopes to officially unveil it at the department’s annual Brewfest in the fall and to also make it available at a new fundraiser being planned for October.