Fire Chief Made Law Enforcement Officer

Issue 5 and Volume 100.

Fire Chief Made Law Enforcement Officer The City of Lewiston, Maine, has been preparing for Clean-Up Week, and the question has arisen as to the authority of firemen and fire chief in enforcement of orders to clean up debris and rubbish allowed to accumulate in alleys, etc. Newly elected Mayor Louis P. Gagne suggested that firemen and the Fire Chief should be sworn in as police officers, thereby giving them dual authority. The Police questioned this authority, but Sheriff Joseph J. Gendron immediately notified Lewiston’s Fire Chief Z. F. Drouin that he would gladly deputize him as deputy sheriff of Androscoggin County. Deputizing firemen followed a motion by the Board of Aldermen to the effect that an ordinance be drawn up authorizing firemen and police to be designated for special police duty in all dance halls, boxing matches, and other places of public entertainment. Photo by Paul Marcoux

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