Leadership

Noted North Carolina Fire Officer Dead

Issue 4 and Volume 80.

Noted North Carolina Fire Officer Dead Captain James D. McNeill, three times president of the National Firemen’s Association and head of the North Carolina state firemen’s association for twenty-six years, died at his home in Fayetteville, N. C., February 9th, following an illness of pneumonia. He would have been seventy-seven years of age March 4th. “Captain Jim” was a picturesque figure in politics as well as in the field of fire fighting. He was mayor of Fayetteville for six terms and represented Cumberland County in the North Carolina state senate in 1901. He was chairman of the Democratic executive committee of the county in the stormy years from 1890 to 1898. He was one of the organizers of the famous “Red Shirts” which was formed to deliver the South from carpet bag rule in the days following the Civil War. From young manhood Capt. McNeill was a fire-fighter. His most…

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