Chief Bennett of Pittsburgh to Retire
The resignation of Fire Chief William Bennett of Pittsburgh, Pa., was asked by Safety Director Rook of that city in a conference on April 7. Chief Bennett, it is said, will retire on a pension on May 1, after having served 34 years in the Pittsburgh fire department, 14 of which he was district chief and five of which he was at the head of the department. Chief Bennett joined the bureau of fire of Pittsburgh as a sub-fireman in February, 1889, and later was put on a regular driver attached to the old Duquesne fire station in Southfield Street near Second Avenue in that city. Later he was promoted to a lieutenancy and afterward to captain. In 1904 he was made a district chief of the Southside District, which position he held until 1918. In that year he was appointed head of the department by the then Mayor E. V. Babcock.
District Chief Michael Shannahan of the Northside District has been prominently mentioned as a successor to Chief Bennett.