Leadership

Forty-two Years a Fireman.

Issue 26 and Volume 45.

Forty-two Years a Fireman. On Tuesday, June 22, Thomas K. Harding, chief of the fire department of Bay City, Mich., completed his forty-second year’s service as a fireman. For twenty-six of these years he has been at the head of the local department, and is the ranking chief of the State so far as concerns service, and the fourteenth chief in service of all his fellows in the paid departments of the United States. Chief Harding started in life as a printer’s boy in Detroit in the later 60’s, and, as he was very intimate with the late Chief (then captain) James R. Elliott and the men of his company in that city’s fire department, he picked up a considerable amount of knowledge as to the fire service when he was there. This turned out to be of considerable use to him when he left Detroit for Bay City. On…

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