City of Lester, Iowa

Lester Fire Department

The Lester Fire Department was formed in 1892, but the earliest records are dated from May 1933.  The number of firefighters varies, but it is typically around 16 volunteers.  Each firefighter undergoes many hours of training to become certified, and to maintain a current status.  The department has a fire hall that houses a pumper unit, two tankers, grass fighting unit, and the Lester Rescue Squad’s ambulance.


Lester Rescue Squad

The Lester Rescue Squad was organized in 1987, and has 11 members.  Seven of those members are EMTs and four of the members are first responders.  The squad hosts a fundraiser waffle supper each January,

Lester Fire Department/Rescue Squad Edward Bouwman American Legion and Auxiliary Home

Edward Bouwman American Legion Post 683

And Auxiliary (Organized 1946)

Congress chartered the American Legion in 1919 as a patriotic organization of American wartime veterans.  The Legion promotes and protects veterans’ benefits through education and legislation.  The Lester American Legion Post was named after Edward Bouwman, who was killed in action during WWII.


The Lester American Legion and Auxiliary are very active in community.  The legion hosts the annual Memorial Day services at the Hillside Cemetery.  This event is very well attended, and provides a meaningful, patriotic experience for the area youth as they help decorate the armed forces graves. The Legion and the auxiliary also sponsor junior high school students in the Legion’s Boys and Girls State Program.  The Auxiliary promotes Buddy Poppy Day, which supports disabled veterans.  The Legion’s annual soup supper is held each winter.  Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, September through May.