Boston Fireman Killed by Fall Through Sliding Pole Hole Less than four hours after he had escaped death when trapped on the roof of a burning building, Thomas W. Deveney, a hoseman of Engine 38, Boston, was killed on Christmas day by a fall through the pole hole at his station, while walking in his sleep. The accident occurred at 3.20, and the fire station watchman, John Harrington, discovered Deveney almost immediately afterward, when he was attracted to the spot by the sound of his fall. Deveney’s arm was around the pole when he was found. He sustained in the fall a fracture of the spine and internal injuries, and died within twenty minutes, in the presence of practically the entire force of the station. Deveney was 28 years old and had been a member of the department more than eight years.