Persons in the News

Issue 7 and Volume 105.

Persons in the News Chief J. F. Van Atta Retires Chief J. F. Van Atta retired as head of the Kalamazoo Fire Department on July 1, 1952, after 40 years of service, 17 of which he served as fire chief. He is succeeded by Lloyd J. Curry, former assistant fire chief. The new chief joined the Kalamazoo Fire Department in 1924. He was named assistant chief in 1935. He saw two years of service during World War I. Chief Curry has many hobbies. He holds a pilot’s license and is an experienced airplane pilot. He is an enthusiastic follower of sports. In announcing Chief Van Atta’s retirement. City Manager Elliott said it was with regret that the chief had reached retirement age. Effectiveness of the department in the years to come will always reflect in some way on the grand job Chief Van Atta did, he declared. New Massachusetts Chiefs…

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