Firefighter’s foresight keeps city safe

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — If you ever wondered why there’s a ladder on top of the Convocation Center, there’s a pretty good reason why.

More than 30-years ago, one man decided it was necessary to keep the city safe. A ladder has been sitting outside, on top of the Bank of Springfield Center, for three decades, all thanks to Howard Beagles.

He saw the need for one after conducting a fire inspection. It determined if a fire were to happen here, crews’ ladders couldn’t reach the top.

Beagles was honored Friday and there’s now a plaque outside called Howard’s Ladder. Beagles worked for the city’s fire department for years and, when the building was under construction, he noticed a need many would have missed.

It was Howard’s grandson who reached out to Senator Jason Barickman (R) to get the plaque in his grandad’s honor. It took more than two years to get permission to place the plaque and, finally Friday, there was a celebration in Beagles’ honor for his efforts to keep the city safe.

Private donations paid for the plaque. It’s on the south side of the BOS Center. The ladder is visible directly above his plaque.

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