I believe the most touching of all we have been blessed to honor, was The Gorham Family. Chapel Oaks Volunteer Fire Company in Prince George’s County, MD was established after a tragic fire, August 1946 in the home of Leroy and Lillian Gorham. The death of 5 year 7-day old Jean, 2 year 2 month 10-day old Ruth and their 11 month 5-day old little brother Leroy Jr.; in this fatal fire was the inspiration for a Community to do for self. Without any knowledge or experience men from all over the area started Maryland’s only all African American Volunteer Fire Department. By the end of that year they were providing fire protection for the Deanwood Park and Chapel Oaks Community.