The regret to announce the death of James Battle, chief of Detroit, Mich., until February 9th last, when he retired from active service. He was longer in active continuous service than any other Chief in the United States, having served thirty-five years in that capacity. He was recognized as a most progressive man, fearless, in the discharge of his duty and was respocted by every one who knew him for his warm heartedness.
Constant in his attendance at all the conventions of the National Association of Fire Engineers, his familiar face will be seen no more. The deceased chief was born in Sligo Ireland, in 1830 and emigrated to Detroit in 1840. Since 1852 he had been a member of the fire department and was elected chief in 1860. After struggling with a painful disease for more than two years Chief Battle was obliged at last to surrender to the enemy, that he so bravely fought in these long years of service. The last alarm has been rung in and the great chief answered the summons on Monday last.
His life both public and private was all that could be expected of a good husband and faithful servant.
The chief engineers and firemen of the country may well emulate the example of Detroit’s dead officer, as in him were combined all the elements that constitute good citizenship. FIRE AND WATER extends its sympathy to the bereaved widow and family of its friend, James Battle.