Chief Barnett of Atlantic City, Dead
Chief John J. Barnett of Atlantic City, N. J., died at his home at the age of sixty-one, following a two weeks’ attack of pleuro-pncumonia. Before he was confined to his bed. he complained of feeling tired and of a cold. His associates thought that he would surely be back at his old post within a few days, but he never returned.
Chief Barnett was a resident of the city for forty years. He was born in Burlington, N. on October 5, 1866. When his parents moved to this city, he drifted around to various jobs and finally joined the fire department on April 19, 1881). At that time the organization was a volunteer one but he became a paid fireman in 1902.
In 1917, he was one of three members to be sent to the New York Fire College for a complete course. When the chief of the department retired June 1, 1919, Barnett was appointed to that office. Due to his efforts, a drill school was started in 1923.
He was a member of the K. of C., B. P. O., Elks, Moose, New Jersey Fire Chiefs’ Association, I. A. F. C., and the Chamber of Commerce.
At his bedside, at the time of his death, were three sisters and a brother. Chief Barnett had never married. The body rested in state at the Elks’ Club previous to burial.