Chicago Heights Honors Chief Philip

Chicago Heights Honors Chief Philip

The members of the Chicago Heights, Ill., department, Mayor Hood, and various other city officials, recently held a banquet in honor of Chief M. S. Philip, upon the twentieth anniversary of his connection with the department. Many tributes were paid to the chief by the various speakers. He was characterized by Mayor Hood as the worthy head of a worthy fire department, an ideal citizen, an ideal head of a family, an ideal public officer. City Attorney Smith said: “Twenty years is a long time to be in the fire department and Chief Philip could not have remained so long nor advanced to the head of it unless he had merit. I hope he will be the chief twenty years hence.” The members of the department presented Chief Philip with a watch fob. The following is an extract of a local newspaper’s editorial comment upon the banquet: “The public tribute paid to the long and valuable services of Chief Philip, the occasion being the twentieth anniversary of his connection with the local fire department, was creditable alike to the firemen and citizens who participated. People worthy of public recognition, whether in official or private life, get too little of it during their life time. The public generally waits until a deserving man is dead to give him the belated praise he should have gotten when alive.”

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