Chief Becker, of South Orange, Dead

Chief Becker, of South Orange, Dead

Harry Becker, Chief of the South Orange, N. J., Fire Department and a member of the service for thirty-two years, died at his home on March 2 as the result of a stroke. He was sixty years old.

He was born in the village and was educated at local schools. In 1900 he joined the volunteer Fire Department, at a time when there were sixty men on the roster. Shortly after he joined, he was chosen Assistant Chief. After he had been with the volunteer department for about ten years, he resigned to return to the building business of his father as a partner. Mr. Becker was a pioneer in developing the residential section of the village.

The lure of fighting fires proved more attractive than the building business, and before long he was again active in the fire service. He took the Civil Service examination for Chief and was appointed to the full-time post on October 21, 1918. Chief Becker has held that position ever since.

Chief Becker, in his younger days, had a love for fine horses. Early residents remember him as the owner of fast horses. He leaves his widow, four sons, a daughter, three brothers, a sister, and his mother.

Steubenville, Ohio, is seeking the installation of wind shields on three pieces of fire apparatus. Two members of the department suffered from frozen faces while answering an alarm in sub-zero weather.

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