BATTALION CHIEF BINNS.
This week we give a portrait of the newly appointed chief of the Ninth battalion of the fire department of this city, John Binns, who was promoted to that office two weeks ago from the captaincy of hook and ladder company No. 10 Chief Binns, who fills the vacancy caused by the promotion of Battalion Chief Gicquel to the position of third deputy chief of the fire department, passed the best examination according to civil service rules, and has seen a long and varied service of fifteen years in the service of the city—having entered the fire department as a private on March 22, 1882, at the age of twenty five years. Two years hardly elapsed before he added to the reputation for pluck and bravery he already possessed and was made the recipient of the Bennett medal for heroism displayed in life-saving at a fire. On May 20, 1884, he became assistant foreman, and within three months was promoted to be a foreman. 11 is promotion to his present position will simply add to his numerous friends in and out of the department.and the many letters and telegramsof congratulation Chief Binns has received from his brother officers, and the expressions of good will with which the news of his appointment to the higher position was greeted, prove that none grudge him his promotion or think that some one else was more worthy of it.