Leadership

J. A. O’Keefe Appointed Fire Prevention Commissioner

Issue 11 and Volume 56.

J. A. O’Keefe Appointed Fire Prevention Commissioner Governor Walsh of Massachusetts on September 2 appointed John A. O’Keefe, of Lynn, as fire prevention commissioner for the metropolitan district. The fire hazard bill passed by this year’s Legislature provides for fire prevention regulations for the Boston metropolitan district, under the supervision of a commissioner to be paid $3,500 annually. The act went into effect August 1 last, and Chief Whitney of the state police has been acting fire prevention commissioner since then. A deputy commissioner is yet to be appointed. Commissioner O’Keefe was born in Rockport in 1858, went to Peterboro, N. H., as a boy and moved to Salem in 1870, graduated from the high school six years later and from Harvard in 1880, He was a classmate of Theodore Roosevelt, Robert Bacon and other well known men. After graduation he taught high school for a year, then became submaster…

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