Leadership

Former Chief George Johnson Dies

Issue 5 and Volume 97.

Former Chief George Johnson Dies George L. Johnson, Fire Chief at Waltham, Mass., for thirty-four years until he retired in 1939, died suddenly at his home on April 12. The former fire chief had been active, excepting for a cold which had kept him home most of the week. Since his retirement he served on the board of a state firemen’s fund, under appointment from the governor. Chief Johnson, son of a former chief of the Waltham Fire Department, was named second assistant chief of the department in 1898 and in 1901 was appointed to first assistant. In 1906 he was made call chief and two years later became the city’s first permanent chief of the fire department. During his service Chief Johnson saw the department grow from a staff of fifteen manning horse drawn apparatus to its present status as a modern motorized department with personnel of forty-eight men.…

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