Boston Pumper Falls Into River
A motor pumping engine of the Boston Fire Department, Boston, Mass., while backing into position for a test and instruction exercise for the training of engineers on the Charles River front at the Cottage Farm bridge, plunged over the embankment. The chauffeur went into the river with the machine, but was rescued. A derrick was rigged up and the engine pulled bacK up the bank. Chief Peter E. Walsh, Deputy Chief Henry Fox and District Chief A. J. Caulfield of Boston and Chief Johnson of Brookline witnessed the salvaging of the engine.
The car in question was being placed ready for operation at a session of the Boston Fire Department Motor Pump School. The operator had just backed his car and was about to pull ahead. Evidently some incident had attracted his attention, for he had not shifted his gears, and when he intended to go ahead the car started to go back. In his haste to bring the car to a stop, and evidently somewhat flustered by the fact that the car was moving backward and that the edge of the river was so near at hand, he jammed his foot for the foot brake but touched the accelerator, and the car continued at a greater speed toward the edge of the dock. Motor Engineer Ryan, pump school instructor, immediately jumped to the running board and threw on the emergency brake, but with the car already under way and the powerful motor operating in reverse gear it was impossible to bring the car to a stop in the distance that remained. H. BELKNAP.