Leadership

Obituaries

Issue 5 and Volume 113.

Obituaries Chief Michael J. Burke Michael J. Burke, 49, acting chief of the Jersey City, N. J., Fire Department since February 1, was killed at a fire on April 26, when he fell down an airshaft of a tenement. The three-alarm blaze at 173 Mercer Street involved a row of fivestory tenements. Truckmen were performing ventilation when Chief Burke climbed to the roof in an attempt to determine the extent of the fire. Heavy smoke, held down by high humidity, apparently obscured his vision and he stepped into the open shaft. Chief Burke was appointed to the department on August 1, 1939. He was promoted to captain in 1950, battalion chief in 1953 and deputy chief in 1957. He is survived by his widow and two young children. Chief Roy Buckland Roy Buckland, 75, chief of the Belen, N. M., Fire Department, died April 2 following a short illness. He…

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