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Several City of Las Vegas Fire Department firefighters display a several-hundred-pound brass bell that was recently returned to the department. The bell is part of the history of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Company, which was the first volunteer fire department in the state. From left are firefighter Abel Harris, Engineer Antonio Gonzales, LVFD Chief Billy Montoya, Engineer David Garcia and firefighters Kristopher Brito and Julian Lopez.
E. Romero building’s original bell returned

The original bell of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building is slowly making its way back home.

The bell, which was removed due to structure issues in the 1980s, was kept safe and secure by former E. Romero Fire Department chief Gilbert Armijo for several decades.

Earlier this month, the bell was returned to the City of Las Vegas Fire Department, where it will be stored until completion of renovation of the original E. Romero House and Fire Department building on Bridge Street.