Chief Boughner Dead

Chief Boughner Dead

Former Chief George T. Boughner of the Grand Rapids, Mich., Fire Department died suddenly on September 9.

Chief Boughner retired on October 31, 1938, just a month after his fiftieth anniversary in the fire department.

Born in Ontario in 1806. the Chief came to Grand Rapids in 1886. In September of 1888 he entered the fire department as a part-time fireman, hut a month later was assigned to a full-time job.

Within two years after becoming a full-time member of the department he was made a lieutenant, serving in that capacity until August 2, 1912, when he was made captain. On June 30, 1915, he became battalion chief and 1916 he was elevated to marshal, serving in that office until his retirement in 1938.

Chief Boughner was the first president of the Michigan State Fire Chiefs Association and also served that association as treasurer for several years. He was also an honorary life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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