Chief Thomas R. Wood

Anthrax, First Responders Subject Of Exhibits, Events At Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

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Retired Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Chief Thomas R. Wood. (Courtesy Boca Raton History Museum).


BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Anthrax — the deadly bacteria, not the heavy metal band — is a big part of Boca Raton’s history. Many living here in 2001 remember the sheer horror felt when the National Enquirer, based in Boca at the time, received an Anthrax-laced letter following the 9/11 attacks.

The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum is featuring two events involving the heroic Anthrax response, and separately, Florida’s First Responders. Details follow:

Wednesday, April 20, at 6 pm | Town Hall Talk | Boca Raton Anthrax Attack, October 2001

Presented by (retired) Fire Chief Thomas R. Wood | Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services

Chief Wood served with the City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department for 47 years, starting as a Firefighter in 1974 and working his way up through the ranks, serving as City Fire Marshal 1988-1996, and eventually named as the city’s sixth career Fire Chief in 2006. Chief Wood will be discussing the terrifying events when the America Media Inc. building in Boca Raton, home of The National Enquirer, was one of several sites to receive anthrax-laden letters through the mail in 2001.

(Postponed from January 5)

Admission to events at The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum is FREE for members of the Boca Raton Historical Society, and $10 for nonmembers. (Annual membership is only $60 per person, or $85 per family.) To RSVP or to become a BRHS member, please or call 561.395.6766, ext. 100.

The First Responders Exhibit Continues at the Boca Raton History Museum.

Ongoing Exhibition


The current exhibit at SBRHM celebrates a century of local heroes from Town Marshall Charlie Raulerson in 1926; to Betty Taylor, the first woman to work for the Boca Raton Police Department and its first dispatcher back in the 1950s; to those brave officers who confronted the vicious anthrax attack in 2001. It walks visitors through the history of the local Fire Department, Police Department, EMS, and Dispatchers, revealing how each department has grown and shrunk in relation to the surrounding community.

The FIRST RESPONDERS exhibition is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and theFlorida Council on Arts and Culture.


Paul Saperstein


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