Battalion Chief Given Watch
Battalion Chief Frank Murphy, of the Eleventh Battalion, New York Fire Department, was presented with a beautiful gold watch by the officers and men of his battalion in honor of his twenty years’ service in the New York city department.
The presentation was made by Dr. Harry Archer, Honorary Medical Examiner, in the presence of many of the chief’sfriends.
This gift is a pleasant departure from the accepted custom of presenting twenty-year diamond studded gold badges. The watch incorporates the idea of the twenty-year badge.
On the reverse side of the watch, as illustrated in the photograph, is a badge design with a diamond studded figure twenty, in honor of twenty years of service. It is inscribed “Battalion Chief, Fire Dept., New York: Active Service, 20 Years.”
The watch is engraved, “Presented to Battalion Chief Frank Murphy by Officers and Members of the Eleventh Battalion in Commemoration of 20 Years of Active Service, May 15, 1927.”
A number of the battalion chiefs who have been honored by the men in the battalion have been presented with a gold badge set with diamonds to form the figure twenty in honor of the term of service. This design combines the accustomed honor with the additional value of having a good time piece.