Boston Fireman Is Embalmer

Boston Fireman Is Embalmer

Joseph V. O’Donnell, a member of Ladder Company No. 17, of the Boston, Mass., fire department, is now a registered and licensed embalmer, having recently passed an examination held by the Massachusetts state board of embalming. He received the highly creditable mark of 80 per cent, in a severe test which included questions on anatomy, pathology, physiology, chemistry, and sanitary science. During spare time in the fire house O’Donnell studied up on the rudiments of embalming and on days off obtained some experience as an undertaker’s assistant. He lives at 5 Cottage Street, South Boston, and was appointed a member of the Boston fire department on September 20, 1918. Prior to this he served for several years with the Boston protective department. He was commended some months ago for reviving an apparently drowned boy who had fallen into the water at the D Street Draw-bridge, South Boston. Upon his retirement from the fire department it is O’Donnell’s intention to enter the undertaking business.

Somerville, Mass., Fire Department Motorized—With the acquisition of a new motor pumper the fire department of Somerville, Mass., is completely motorized. The new pumper is 120 h. p. and has a pumping capacity of 1,300 gallons.

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