BALTIMORE, MD., FIRE DEPARTMENT CHANGES

BALTIMORE, MD., FIRE DEPARTMENT CHANGES

As was briefly announced last week. Baltimore’s new fire board has elected District Chief William C, McAfee to the office of chief engineer of the department to succeed John J. lasddcn, who has resigned and who went out with the old board. The salary of the position is $2,000 a year. The resignation of Mr. Charles J. McAleese, superintendent of the fire alarm and police telegraph system, was accepted by the board, and Mr. Leona Lemon was elected and installed in the the office, the salary of which is $3,000 a year. The resignation of James F. O’Malley, an operator in the fire alarm department, was also accepted. The vacancy was not filled, It is a coincidence that Chief McAfee should have attained the goal of his ambition-on his birthday, he on that day celebrating the thirty-first anniversary of his birth. Chief McAfee was born in Baltimore. In 1887 he joined the fire department. For a year he was a substitute, and then was made pipeman in No. 1 engine company, llis intelligent and intrepid service soon secured recognition for him, and in 1890 he was made captain of the company. Later he was transferred to No. 4 as captain, and in February-, 1893, was made district chief. Up to that time his work was not generally known, and was appreciated only in the department, where he was the idol of his men. In March, 1894, he came before the public with prominence. His bravery, daring,and good judgment at the tire at the home of Mr, K. B. Heath, on Moun Royal avenue, where he succeeded in rescuing two children and Mrs. Heath, although Mrs. Heath died later, won for him great praise. His career during the last year has been filled with incidents which proved him an excellent fireman. At the Armiger fire his rescue of Mrs. Armiger and his attempts to save others again proved his bravery,

Mr. A. Koszel Cathcart is president of the new board and Mr. Stanley Baker secretary, at a salary of $1,200 a year, succeeding Mr. David H. Luchesi. The selections made w-ere said to be a sort of march stolen on the politicians, as the meeting was held without their knowledge. Mr. Cathcart, the new president of the commissioners, is president of the American Fire Insurance Company. Secretary Baker was for ten years in the employ of the Adams’ Express Company. Superintendent Lemon was born in Mifflin, Juniata county, Pa., where he was educated in the public schools. Mr. Lemon is a practical and expert telegrapher, having learned that occupation on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Commissioner Robert H. Gilbert is a practical telegrapher, although that fact is not generally known.

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