Alexander Henderson, New Chief of Kansas City Fire Department

Alexander Henderson, New Chief of Kansas City Fire Department

Alexander Henderson has been appointed Chief of the fire department of the Kansas City, Mo., fire department. He has been a member of the department for 43 years, having joined as a runner on April 21, 1875, and shortly afterwards being appointed as a regular fireman, at the age of 18 years. He was born in Franklin County, N. Y., and lived in Canada until 12 years old, when he went to Kansas City. He served as a hoseman for two vears, being promoted from that to the position of driving a hook and ladder. He drove the first fourhorse team ever hitched up by the Kansas City Fire Department. On December 21, 1886, he was promoted to captain of Ladder Company No. 1, and on August 4, 1890, became third assistant chief. Again advancement came to him when, on March 1, 1893, he was made second assistant chief. So well had he grounded himself in the science of the fireman and the ability to command men, that, on October 27, 1910, he was appointed inspecting officer and drill-master of the department, in addition to his duties as assistant chief. Chief Henderson’s final advancement came to him on May 8 of this year, when he was made the head of the Kansas City department. In all his service Chief Henderson has never missed a day outside of his vacations. He has not been off duty more than 100 Sundays in the 43 years. Of his own exploits as a fire fighter he is modest, but it is said that he cannot name an important bone in his body that has not been broken at some time during his career.

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