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Largest Fire Patch Collection

July 17, 2014

Largest Fire Patch Collection

At Hero Patches, we love and appreciate everyday Heroes. You might ask what constitutes an everyday Hero. For inquisitive minds, here is our “Everyday Hero Checklist”

Everyday Hero Checklist 


* Someone that risk their lives for others

* Lends a helping hand when needed

* Rescues people and animals from danger

*  Is brave and strong

When looking at this checklist, one name comes to mind, Bob Brooks. Bob Brooks is a Deputy Fire Marshall from Albany, Oregon. Mr. Brooks dedicates his life to helping others. His passion for firefighting can be seen in the Guinness Book of World Records, as Bob Brooks holds the world’s largest collection of Fire Department patches. He has 8,158 fire patches and the collection is growing. He first started collecting custom fire patches in 1985. His goal is to collect fire patches from every fire department in the United States of America.

Bob Brook’s patch collection will soon have a new home, they will be displayed at the Oregon Fire Service Museum. The patches are said to value $30,000 dollars. Bob Brook’s lives and breaths firefighting. He recognizes how important his patch collection is and is aware of it’s prevalence in fire history.

This is what Bob Brooks had to say about his collection:

“It pays a tribute to the fire service that baseball cards won’t do, that basketball cards won’t do,” Brooks said of his collection. “I could show you a favorite rookie card of a michael jordon, but they are a dime a doze. These aren’t.”

Here’s to Bob Brooks, an everyday hero and avid patch collector.

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