Chief Fred Washburn Dies Chief Fred J. Washburn, veteran of forty years with the Auburn, N. Y., Fire Department, and its head for seventeen years, died on April 13, from a heart attack, suffered in his office. Chief Washburn had returned to duty on March 13 after being out on sickleave since January 23, 1943. He was named a permanent fireman on May 3, 1900, and assigned to Hose Co. No. 3. He was promoted to captain of Hose 1 on August 1, 1907, and was made second assistant chief on November 1, 1921. Subsequently he became first assistant chief on January 1, 1926, and was named chief on October 5, 1927. Chief Washburn was a member of the New York State Permanent Firemen’s Association, the New York State Fire Chiefs Association and the Central New York Firemen’s Association.