Out-of-Town Student at Fire College Cited for Heroism—Asst. Chief Dougherty Awarded Administration Medal for Third Time

FIRE Commissioner John J. Dorman, announced that the Board of Merit of the Fire Department had selected from among the scores of acts of heroism performed at fires during the year 1932, nine of them as being worthy of special citation. Medals will be pinned on the fire fighters by Mayor John P. O’Brien at the City Hall next month on a day to be fixed at the Mayor s convenience.

In announcing the names of the medal men, Commissioner Dorman said that the Dr. Harry M. Archer Medal would be presented this year for the third time in its existence. This medal is awarded every three years to one of three winners of the James Gordon Bennett Medal for heroism during the preceding three years.

The outstanding valorous deed of the fire service last year was performed by Capt. Cornell M. Garety, Flushing. He is awarded the James Gordon Bennett Medal for rescuing his fellow Capt. William J. Heffernan of Engine Co. No. 3, a son of Deputy Chief James W. Heffernan of the 1st Division. Cited with Capt. Garety is Fireman George E. Cavanagh, Astoria, who will receive the Walter Scott Medal.

Cooperating at this fire with members of Rescue Co. 1 was Lieut. George H. Friel of the Cambridge, Mass., Fire Department who was then attending the Fire College and was responding with Rescue Co. 1. He was honored by an official communication to the Chief of Cambridge, Mass., and an award of a bronze sleeve insignia.

Capt. Frederick J. G. Wedeineyer, Manhattan, receives the Henry D. Brookman Medal, Fireman James Smithwick, Manhattan, the John H. Prentice Medal and Fireman Stephen J. McArdle, Bronx, the Hugh Bonner Medal for heroism at a fire which cut off the escape of tenants at an apartment house fire.

Fireman Maurice M. Hartnett, Manhattan, will receive the Emily Trevor-Mary B. Warren Medal for rescuing two girls from their fiery bedroom.

Lieut. Henry C. Feuerbach, Brooklyn, is awarded the Brooklyn Citizens’ Medal for rescuing two unconscious boys from tbeir bedroom on the third floor.

Fireman Charles Rosenson, Manhattan, will receive the Thomas E. Crimmins Memorial Medal, and Fireman Francis E. Powers, Queens, the Thomas A. Kenny Memorial Medal for the assistance they gave Chief Fire Marshall Thomas P. Brophy and his staff in frustrating an attempt to set fire to a Rockaway Beach hotel.

Capt. Albert B. Carlson, Brooklyn, will receive the Dr. Harry M. Archer Medal in recognition of his possession of one of the James Gordon Bennett medals awarded during the years, 1929, 1930 and 1931—his heroism being considered the best of those three awards.

Former Chief, Ill at Home, Remembered by Friends A fifty-year service badge was presented to Charles Higham, who served as Chief of the Middletown, N. Y., Fire Department, for twentyfive years. He is sixty-six years old and has been confined to his home for more than a year. The presentation was made by Chief W. J. Seely. Many of the friends of Ex-Chief Higham remembered him with flowers on his birthday.

The Stephenson Medal in recognition of having maintained the best disciplined and most efficient fire company during the past year, goes to Capt. Joseph L. Flannery, commanding officer of Engine Co. 48 at Webster Avenue and Fordham Road, the Bronx.

For the third time in his career of forty-five years, Asst. Chief Thomas F. Dougherty, Manhattan, is awarded the Administration Medal, in recognition of two recent inventions he designed and presented to the department. He designed a nozzle pipe which can be suspended over the gunwhale and down the side of any fireboat to the water’s edge from which level heavy streams of water can be directed far under piers and bulkheads. He gave the department a giant distributing nozzle with seven large outlets which revolve from water pressure and cover a large area. This nozzle is considered advantageous in cellars of commercial and industrial buildings and in cargo holds of ships.


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