Chief Bogardus Dined
Chief George W. Bogardus, who recently retired after serving 53 years as a member of the Norwalk, Conn., Fire Department, was tendered a testimonial dinner at the Norwalk Shore and Country Club on June 17. About 250 friends, visiting Chiefs and firemen from several cities in Connecticut attended the affair. A gift of $500 was presented to the retiring Chief by Fire Commissioner Howard W. Gorham, of Norwalk.
D. William Harford, Ex-Chief in the old city of South Norwalk, and present Secretary of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association, was toastmaster, and paid a glowing tribute to Chief Bogardus. Mayor Frank T. Stack was the principal speaker, and expressed regret that Chief Bogardus has decided to retire. Mayor Stack complimented the retiring Chief for the many years of service he gave to his city.
Among the prominent fire officials who attended the dinner were: Chief Lawrence E. Reif, New Haven; Chief Victor H. Veit, Stamford; Chief Ellsworth Burr, Ridgefield; Chief John Disbrow, Wilton; Chief Isaac Hubbard, Greenwich; State Comptroller Charles C. Swartz; State Representatives E. W. Clark and Patrick Lyden. Retiring Chief Bogardus was succeeded as head of the Norwalk department by Deputy Chief Charles A. Volk.