Assistant Chief Hoyl, Indianapolis, Dies
Assistant Chief Simeon C. Hoyl, of the fire department of Indianapolis, Ind., died at his home in that city shortly after mid-night on November 15. The death of Chief Hoyl was caused by a heart attack. He became ill early in the day previous to his death and was relieved from duty after having attended the funeral of a retired member of the department. He had experienced a bad heart attack about three weeks previous and had complained that he had not fully recovered from it. At first his illness was not believed to be serious but his condition gradually became worse after reaching his home and death resulted at 12:15 A. M. on November 15. Chief Hoyl, who was 53 years of age, had served 31 years in the department, having joined in 1892. He was assigned to Pumper Company No. 5 and later became identified with Truck Company No. 3 and Engine Company No. 2. In 1896 he was promoted to captain and assigned to Hose Company No. 12. He later served as captain of Engine Company No. 5 and in 1918 was promoted to the rank of assistant chief.
Assistant Chief Hoyl was recognized as an expert in firefighting and was a close student of methods. He had a thorough knowledge of the detailed plans of all buildings which lie in the most hazardous fire districts and this knowledge was used by him to good advantage at a number of the large downtown fires. The welfare and safety of the members of the department was always uppermost in his
mind and he was loved and admired by every man in the department.
The funeral was held Saturday, November 17, at 10 A. M., the services being conducted at his home. The burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery. He is survived by a widow, a daughter and two sons.
Chief John J. O’Brien has recommended the promotion of Battalion Chief Harry Johnson to the position of assistant chief.