Leadership

Memorial Mass of Bridgeport Fire Department

Issue 8 and Volume 74.

Memorial Mass of Bridgeport Fire Department Two hundred and fifty members of the Bridgeport. Conn., fire department, with Chief Daniel E. Johnson in command, paraded from fire headquarters to St. Patrick’s R. C. Church on Monday morning. August 13, to attend a memorial mass for departed members. Many city officials, friends of the firemen and relatives filled St. Patrick’s to overflowing. Among the invited guests were Chief Henry H. Heitman, of Waterbury and Rev. Farther Francis J. Henchey, chaplain of the Waterbury fire department. Since the organization of the Bridgeport department some 60 years ago, about 75 firemen have been called by death. The mass was celebrated by a former fireman, the Rev. Father Michael J. Thompson, chaplain of the Bridgeport department. Prior to taking up theological studies, which later fitted him for the priesthood, Father Thompson was a ladderman connected with the Waterbury fire department. He served five years…

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