Chief Payne and Mechanic Killed

Issue 11 and Volume 89.

Chief Payne and Mechanic Killed Chief E. B. Payne, forty-four, head of the North Platte, Neb., department, and Francis Fitzgibbons, his mechanic, were killed following an accident when a car crashed into the Chief’s coupe while on the way to answer a fire alarm. Both men died shortly after being removed to the hospital. The car in which the Chief was riding turned over several times after it was struck. It is believed that both men were thrown from the coupe as it turned over. Chief Payne joined the volunteer department in 1922. Eleven months ago he was elected Chief and was appointed head on July 16. Last spring he attended a short course for firemen in Ft. Collins, Col., and when he returned he started a school for the local firemen. He was instrumental in constructing a drill tower. The car which caused the accident was found to have…

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