Leadership

L. J. Conley, Chief of Pittsburgh

Issue 10 and Volume 89.

L. J. Conley, Chief of Pittsburgh Former Deputy Fire Chief Louis J. Conley was appointed Chief of the Pittsburgh Fire Department to succeed Chief Richard Lee Smith, who retired on pension on July 16, 1936, after being in the Fire Service for over thirty-five years. Chief Conley entered the Fire Department as a Substitute Hoseman, July 10, 1916, with the installation of the twoplatoon system, and was appointed a regular hoseman on October 10, 1916. On February 7, 1924, he was promoted to Senior Lieutenant. He was promoted to the position of Training School Instructor at the Firemen’s Training School on November 4, 1926, where he remained until he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief on January 7, 1930. On November 12, 1935, the City Council abolished the positions of the two Deputy Chiefs in the department. In order that Chief Conley could complete his required twenty years…

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