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Things That Matter: Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland’s dress uniform

The La Crosse County Historical Society usually accepts old items that are already a part of local history for inclusion in our artifact collection. But occasionally we accept something newer that we think will be of value and interest to future generations.

This dress uniform falls in that category.

Gregg Cleveland, chief of the La Crosse Fire Department, donated this firefighter’s dress uniform in 2013. It arrived in my office as if by magic, just appearing one morning, with a note in the pocket. No museum is a fan of “drop offs,” or abandoned property, but when I saw the uniform’s provenance, I reconsidered.

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