Chief Pye of Stoughton, Dead

Issue 4 and Volume 81.

Chief Pye of Stoughton, Dead Chief James J. Pye, of Stoughton, Mass., died on January 14, at his home in Stoughton at the age of 75. He was a veteran of the old hand engine days, with a record of more than fifty years service in the fire department. He was chief for twenty-one years. He was born in South Boston on March 22, 1852. He lived for a time in Fitchburg and was a member of the fire department there. In 1872 he joined the old Pacific Hand Engine Company No. 1, of Stoughton. He was among the advocates of the purchase of a steam engine in 1880 and in 1906 arranged for buying horses for the fire service. Then in 1912 he took the lead in obtaining subscriptions for purchase of motor apparatus. The Stoughton department was completely motorized in 1923 and last summer the new central fire…

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