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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Delores Feithen Firepit

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The Delores Feithen Firepit, located at 921 S. State Street was dedicated in honor of the Lockport Police Department's first police officer by Mayor Steven Streit. The City of Lockport, Lockport Police Department (LPD), and Lockport Township Fire Protection District (LTFPD), held a dedication ceremony on February 24, 2021. The outdoor fireplace will now serve as a public common space in honor of the many men and women who have served the community as members of the Lockport Police Department and Lockport Township Fire Protection District. 

Ms. Feithen served on the LPD with honor and distinction as a Police Officer from 1957 to 1977. At the time, the profession had very few or no females in local police departments across the country. Her husband, William Feithen, served as an Alderman on the Lockport City Council and as a long-time Police Commissioner. Ms. Feithen’s son, Bill Feithen was the former Police Chief of DeKalb, Illinois and Monmouth, Illinois.

The building located at 921 S. State Street is currently home to the Rainbow Council, Boy Scouts of America. In 1936, the building was dedicated by Mayor Joseph Fitzgerald as the Lockport City Hall. The building initially housed the volunteer Lockport Fire Department established in 1895 after a catastrophic fire that consumed a large portion of the downtown and the Lockport Police Department.

In 1956, the Lockport Township Fire Protection District was created. In 1960, the LTFPD relocated to Station No. 1 at 9th Street (IL-Route 7) and 7th Street in Lockport. Established in 1853, the Lockport Police Department, moved to 921 S. State Street in 1956 and remained there until the current police station at 1212 S. Farrell was built and dedicated in 1997.

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