Chief Thomas Flowers Dead Thomas Orr Flowers, seventy-six, a fireman of Rock Hill, South Carolina, for fifty-five years, and chief since 1903, died at his home following several weeks of illness. He was the oldest chief in the state of South Carolina. He joined the fire department in 1884. becoming its first engineer. This was at the time when the town relied on cisterns filled with water to fight fires. In 1903, he was made chief of the city’s fire company. During his early connection with the fire department, he was also employed at other work, but in recent years, Chief Flower devoted his entire time to the duties of his two offices as Chief of the Department and City Building Inspector. He is survived by his widow and his four children.