Leadership

A Veteran New England Fireman.

Issue 13 and Volume 1891 10.

A Veteran New England Fireman. Ex-Chief George S. Willis of Pittsfield, Mass., whose portrait we print this week, was born at Pittsfield July 25, 1847. He was a fireman from the start, serving as a torch-boy at the age of twelve years. He later filled the positions of assistant and foreman, and was elected assistant engineer when twenty years old. He later became chief, and when he resigned that position at the age of forty had been connected with the department as engineer for twenty years. Chief Willis comes from old fire stock. His grandfather, General Nathan Willis, and bis father, Colonel G. W. S. Willis, bought the first hand engines, truck, etc. Both served as engineers and were instrumental in putting in the water-works. Chief Willis and his father bought the first steam fire engines. The former added to the department while chief the Gamewell fire alarm, one steam…

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