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CHIEF C. CRUZ OF MANILA F. D. TAKES NAVY FIREFIGHTERS COURSE

Issue 8 and Volume 98.

CHIEF C. CRUZ OF MANILA F. D. TAKES NAVY FIREFIGHTERS COURSE Veteran of Jap Occupation Sees Modern Fire Fighting Equipment and Methods FIRE Chief Cipriano Cruz of the Manila Fire Department, a slender ironhearted Filipino who fought fires in the face of Jap bullets, has completed a course at the Navy Fire Fighters’ School in Pearl Harbor. Carrying orders from Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters, Chief Cruz flew to Pearl Harbor and reported to Lt. Joseph C. Crawley, USNR, who is in charge of the school. Lt. Crawley put in twenty-four years in the New York Fire Department until he was commissioned March 29, 1943, and sent to the Fire Fighters’ School near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He had been a Lieutenant on the fireboat William J. Gaynor and while on military leave was promoted in absentia to the rank of Captain on August 23, 1943, when he was in the…

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