Leadership

Honorary Chaplain, New York Fire Dept., Dead

Issue 10 and Volume 72.

Honorary Chaplain, New York Fire Dept., Dead The Rev. Vincent De Paul McGean, who was many years chaplain of the New York City fire department and subsequently an honorary chaplain, died at the rectory of the Roman Catholic Church of St. James, Oliver Street, on August 30 of arterio sclerosis. Father McGean was horn in New York City forty-six years ago and was educated at the St. Mary’s School and the Dunwoodie Seminary. He became a priest in 1905 and was appointed fire chaplain by Mayor Gaynor in 1911. On a dozen occasions Father McGean risked his life to administer the last rites to dying persons at fires. In June, 1917, he climbed a fifty foot ladder to reach the side of a dying woman in an East Ninetyfirst Street tenement. At the Equitable Building fire he made his way to helpless employes hemmed in the cellar. Father McGean resigned…

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