Leadership

Pensions for Firemen.

Issue 22 and Volume 1889 6.

Pensions for Firemen. The fires of Saturday night and Sunday, says The Philadelphia Ledger, emphasized in a painful way the need of a pension system for the benefit of firemen engaged in what is necessarily a perilous service. The comparison between army service and that of firemen is shown to be perfectly fair when the losses to the firemen by falling walls are as great, in proportion to the number of men engaged, as on a battlefield. A pension to dependent relatives, or to the disabled fireman himself, could not repair the losses suffered, but ft would help to relieve the distress caused by such accidents, and it should come to the sufferer not as an act of charity, but as a right earned by faithful performance of duty.

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