Chief Bower of Rome, N. Y., Resigns
After serving for nearly nineteen years as head of the Fire Department of Rome, N. Y., Chief George M. Bower has requested that he be placed on the pension list.
He joined the department on July 1, 1881, when he became a torch boy for the Washington Hose Company No. 3. Later he was made foreman of a company of call men and served for six years until his promotion as a full paid fireman, May 14, 1903. Chief Bower took the civil service examination for Chief Engineer which led to his subsequent appointment as Chief on February 1, 1914. On June 30, 1931, Chief Bower observed his fiftieth anniversary as a member of the Rome Fire Department.
Chief Bower gave ill health as his reason for relinquishing his duties.
In acknowledging receipt of the letter of resignation, Mayor Reid wrote to Chief Bower:
“Our citizens have the deepest sympathy with you in your present affliction and hope for your speedy recovery.
“It is with reluctance your resignation is accepted, effective October 1, 1932. Rome will continue you on our honor roll as Chief of the Rome Fire Department, Emeritus.”
Assistant Chief Harry W. Piggott, a member of the department for nearly twenty years, has temporarily been appointed Chief.