Leadership

Long Service of a Fire Veteran

Issue 26 and Volume 62.

Long Service of a Fire Veteran In commenting on the long service of the late Chief Denis J. Swenie, of the Chicago fire department, this journal in its issue of July 19, 1879, said: Mayor Harrison recently appointed Denis J. Swenie fire marshal, in place of M. Benner, and the appointment was at once confirmed by the council. Denis J. Swenie was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1834. In 1848, at the age of 14, he became a resident of Chicago, and in the year following, 1849, became a member of the volunteer fire organization and was made assistant foreman of a company. In 1856 he was advanced to assistant engineer, under Chief McBride, and in 1858 was promoted to chief, which position he held when the old volunteer system was abandoned and the present system introduced. Chief Swenie, of the volunteers, became first chief of the paid organization, and…

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