Leadership

Killed While At Practice.

Issue 24 and Volume 1894 15.

Killed While At Practice. A dispatch from Spokane, Wash., says: While practicing on the big aerial ladder at Fire Station No. 2, the ladder broke and Captain George T. Chapman fell a distance of 65 feet, breaking his neck and killing him instantly. The men were out for their usual practice, climbing the ladder at different angles and sliding down. Captain Chapman was drilling them and superintending the placing of the ladder. All the usual positions had been used, and the captain lowered the ladder to an unusual angle, and the boys objected because they didn’t think it would be safe to climb it. Captain Chapman thought otherwise, and to show that he thought so began to climb. Just as he reached the last rui g the ladder broke. Nothing could save him and he fell 65 feet, lighting upon his head and shoulders. Death was instantaneous. His comrades took…

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