Leadership

CHIEF SULLIVAN GIVEN COMPLETE CHARGE OF UTICA IN EMERGENCY

Issue 5 and Volume 89.

CHIEF SULLIVAN GIVEN COMPLETE CHARGE OF UTICA IN EMERGENCY Authority Supersedes That of Mayor and Police During Underground Gas Fires Which Endangered Business Section AN outstanding demonstration of the authority that a Fire Chief can attain was shown at Utica, N. Y., a short time ago when Chief Joseph N. Sullivan for 48 hours superseded Mayor and police officials to completely dominate a gas leak situation that terrorized a city of 103,000 persons. When a water main burst in the downtown section, followed suddenly by an outbreak of underground fire in the vicinity of the leak, and subsequent gas explosions, Chief Sullivan took command, not only of his fire fighters, but of utility workers and the citizenry as a whole as a precautionary measure against a threatening holocaust. Chief Sullivan took up his station in the stricken area, and remained at his post through a blizzard and zero weather until…

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