CIVIC CENTER -- After years on the drawing board and months of careful
planning -- not to mention a lot of elbow grease -- the city’s Police and
Fire Museum opened its doors Tuesday to more than 100 invited guests.
“Without the community’s involvement, this museum wouldn’t be here
today,” Burbank Mayor Stacey Murphy said in a speech dedicating the
$200,000 facility. “This museum will be a great treasure for the
Located adjacent to the main lobby of the Police and Fire
Headquarters, the museum features interactive displays and memorabilia
highlighting the history of the two departments.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, Fire Chief Michael Davis and Police Chief David
Newsham, said the museum will start a tradition of preserving the future
Newsham said the museum was built to “enlighten the members of the
community -- young and old -- to the history of the Burbank Police and
“By understanding our history and the present, they can think about
the future and maybe some of the will decide to come work for our
departments,” Newsham said.
Davis said he was most proud of Firefighter Terry Mencuri who worked
long hours to help complete the museum.
One of Mencuri’s projects was putting together a memorial for John
Saltisik, the only Burbank firefighter to die in the line of duty.
Saltisik was killed when he was thrown from his engine as it responded to
a call in November 1961.
Mencuri contacted Saltisik’s family to invite them to the opening.
“It was very unexpected and I appreciate it very much,” said Mary
Molmar, Saltisik’s sister. “The memorial with his picture was done very
During the ceremony, the city honored the many contributors to the
museum and both department’s current and past employees.
Afterward, attendees toured the facility snapping pictures and looking
over the displays.
Herb Hinthorne, 81, who retired from the fire department in 1974,
donated pictures and Burbank Daily Review articles his wife had clipped
through the years to the museum.
“It’s more than I ever expected to see,” Hinthorne said.
The museum’s upkeep will be funded by the Friends of the Burbank
Police-Fire Museum, said J.P. O’Connor, the organizations president.
In July, the project was $75,000 short, but Mike Kubasak, who chaired
the fund-raising committee, said organizers have raised $256,000 for the
“That effort reflects the pride we all have in our police and fire
service,” he said.
WHAT: Burbank Police and Fire Museum
WHERE: Police and Fire Headquarters, 200 N. Third St.
WHEN: Open 1O a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment.
DONATIONS: Friends of the Museum memberships range from $10 to $100.
PHONE: For information, call 238-3175.