Leadership

Chief John F. Donovan, of Meriden, Dead

Issue 12 and Volume 83.

Chief John F. Donovan, of Meriden, Dead THOMAS F. MAGNER Chief John F. Donovan of Meriden, Conn., well known in the East, died suddenly on May 27, after an illness of two days. Chief Donovan suffered a heart attack at his home, and his condition became worse. He gradually grew weaker until death intervened two day’s later. Chief Donovan was a member of the Meriden Fire Department for the past forty-eight years, the last eighteen of which he has been its head. The deceased chief was born on January 14, 1861, in a house that still stands next door to the present Meriden fire headquarters. He had been identified with fire fighting practically all of his life. He joined the old Bixbie Hose Company on December 1, 1882. After ten years of service with that company as a hoseman his merits as a fire fighter were recognized and he was…

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