Leadership

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

Issue 22 and Volume 1892 12.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS. Ex-Chief John Decker of the old volunteer fire department of New York died at his home, Staten Island, November 18. Some time ago he met with an accident, and recently blood poisoning set in. His funeral took place Tuesday from his home in Vreeland street, Port Richmond, S. I., and was largely attended. The dead chief lay in a plain black casket, arrayed in his old fireman’s suit, which he had worn when, as one of the volunteers, he had attended a reception given by the firemen to the Prince of Wales at the time of the Prince’s visit to America more than thirty years ago. The funeral services at the house were conducted by the Rev. j. B. Hommiden. The remains were then taken to the Summerfield Methodist Episcopal Church at Mariner’s Harbor, of which the ex-chief was a member. The pall bearers were old volunteers…

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