Chief Archibald of Cincinnati Resigns

Chief Archibald of Cincinnati Resigns

Chief John A. Archibald has been relieved from the head of the Cincinnati fire department at his own request. He will receive a life pension of $50 per month, which amount is allowed to all Cincinnati firemen regardless of rank upon retirement. In place of Archibald Director Cash appointed temporarily, Assistant Marshal Henry C. Bunker, who is ranking officer of the department, next to the chief, and has been on several occasions the acting chief. The supreme modesty of the retiring chief is well illustrated in his letter of resignation, which reads: “I desire to herewith make application for retirement as a member of the fire department, and pension. I have been a member of the fire department since January 1, 1882. I am now 53 years of age, and have served continuously as a member for 30 years and one month.” Chief Archibald had a creed all his own. He says it takes water to put out fires; that there is no use sending good lives after dead walls; that there is no need to jeopardize lives when something else will do, and that firemen tire like other human beings. Archibald is a bachelor. He has always contended that a fire chief ought to he single because of the danger that constantly surrounds him.

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