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After finishing the playground exercises, you will continue down the road until you reach the Oaks Fire Station. This firehouse has been around for many decades and has several memorials to the brave men and women who have served at it or served in other wars. I often see the firetrucks sitting inside the massive garage here and find it so incredible that people are willing to dive head-first into danger to help others. At this point in the run, I know that I am getting a little bit tired, so having a pretty landmark like this to look upon as I continue is always so refreshing. As in many different indigenous tribes, fire (or tentey) is a very important part of Lenape culture. Fire is regarded as grandfather in Lenape tradition, being the most ancient and wise member of the tribe. Its balance, water, is grandmother, and without these two elders, the Lenape would both culturally and physically be lost. So while fire can be dangerous, necessitating something like the fire station to combat it, it can also be beautiful and provide life and customs to a whole group of people.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Jake Thomas - AMST 4500 Walking Tour