Anniversary of Chief S. S. Collyer’s Death
Pawtucket, R. I., firemen and others, on July 27, observed the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Samuel S. Collyer, the first chief of the paid call force fire department, who died July 27, 1884, after an illness of three weeks, the result of injuries received by the overturning of a hose cart which struck a stone in turning a corner, while responding to an alarm for a night barn fire. On the cart with the chief were five others, one of them being L. F. Butler, now chief of the department. Collyer Park was named as a tribute to his memory, and a statue of the chief has also been erected. At the time of his death lie was one of the leading and most active members of the International Association of Fire Engineers and one of the ablest chiefs in the country.