Leadership

Railroad Charged for Obstruction

Issue 4 and Volume 81.

Railroad Charged for Obstruction “The firemen are not thinking of their own lives when on their way to a fire, but are thinking of the people who may be possibly trapped in burning structures. We never know how serious a fire may be until we get there, and the slightest delay may mean the loss of a life. That is why we want a clear road and will not stand for delay while speeding to a fire.” That is the way Chief George Kellock of the Brooklyn division, New York Fire Department, summed up its charge against the Long Island Railroad because a watchman had prevented fire apparatus from crossing the railroad tracks while on the way to a fire. The gate had been lowered, the railroad claimed, because of an oncoming train. They said that on a previous occasion some company had driven through the gates while on the…

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