AN HEROIC FIRE CHIEF.
A correspondent writes to FIRE AND WATER from Portland, Me., stating that he has it almost direct from a Maine Central railway official who was present at the Mt. Desert horror of Sunday last that “some magnificently heroic and effective work” was done by John Mason, former chief of the Bangor fire department, who was last, week elected president of the Maine State Firemen’s association for the ensuing year, and also chosen as delegate by that association to represent, it at the forthcoming convention of the International Association of fire Engineers at Syracuse, N. Y. Our correspondent says :
At the Ferry horror. Capt. Mason, after rescuing his wife, turned to and with the utmost coolness, at the imminent risk of his own life, saved many others. He is naturally a level-headed man, of sound judgmens, and this, coupled with the experience of more than forty years in the fire department, made his work very effective. There is no more modest man on earth than former Chief John Mason, and 1 suppose he would cuff my ears if he knew I was writing this to you, but ho deserves a glowing notice at. your hands, and, therefore, I send you the information.
[Former Chief Mason’s conduct speaks for itself, and is its own eulogium. His already high reputation for bravery has been enhanced by his heroism and coolness in the midst of the horrors which surrounded him at such an awful crisis. Such “ deeds of derring doe” done in the cause of humanity far outshine those of the soldier or sailor, whose trade is war. And of such stuff are the heroic firemen of the world COMPOSED.-EDITOR.]