LOCKPORT, La. (AP) — The Lockport Volunteer Fire Department is getting ready to honor firefighters past and present in a centennial celebration.

The Courier reports that Lockport fire chief Carl Plaisance will provide a brief history of the town and its fire department during Saturday's afternoon celebration at the main fire station on La. Highway 1. Also, there will be a ceremony honoring the memory of Cunningham Bradberry, a firefighter who died Saturday.

Although a bucket brigade existed in the Lockport area in the 1800s, the department was officially founded in 1912. In that era, firefighters pulled a wagon to fire scenes by hand and fought the fire with water pumped from the nearby bayou.