Leadership

Chief William T. Belt Dead.

Issue 26 and Volume 44.

Chief William T. Belt Dead. Readers of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING will be shocked to learn that William T. Belt, of the fire department of Washington, died very suddenly of heart disease on the night of Sunday, December 13. It will be remembered that a few weeks ago the late chief lost his son by drown- ing, and it is thought that the grief caused by that tragedy hastened his end. He had shown no signs of any disease, and was a man of very robust physique and. apparently rugged health. Chief Belt was appointed to be head of the fire department of Washington in July, 1903, on the resignation of R. H. Dutton, whose first assistant chief he had been. He w’as a fireman of many years’ standing—-practically he had served in the ranks from the age of eleven, when he used to play truant from school and help…

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