Box 7 Founder Gets Tribute
The late Robert C. Kohnle, one of the founders of the Box 7 Association. Dayton, Ohio, fire buff organization, received a tribute from the Dayton and the Oakwood. Ohio. Fire and Police Departments last October 21st, during the annual inspection of the Police Division in Riverview Park.
At his death in 1952, Mr. Kohnle was chairman of the board of the Monarch Marking System, and secretary of the Box 7 Association, which he helped organize some 25 years ago to further the interests of the Dayton and Oakwood Fire Departments.
The family, at the time of his death, asked that flowers be omitted and a contribution made to Box 7, which used the money thus received to purchase both American and departmental flags for the Dayton Fire and Police Divisions, and the Oakwood Fire and Police Departments. Each of the flag staffs carries a bronze plate inscribed as a permanent memorial to Mr. Kohnle.
The eight flags were presented in an impressive formal ceremony, at which were personnel and equipment from all divisions, as well as Mayor M. Lohrey of Dayton. Council President Earl J. Bates of Oakwood, City Manager Herbert Starick of Dayton and City Manager O. C. Bergman of Oakwood.
The flags were accepted on behalf of their respective departments by Dayton Fire Chief Forrest B. Lucas, and Col. M. C. Kirkpatrick, Dayton Chief of Police, and Hubert Farler, Chief of Oakwood’s Fire and Police Departments.