Chief Bunker of Cincinnati
Henry C. Bunker, first assistant chief under Jack Archibald and acting chief soince the latter’s resignation, was promoted to chief of the fire department was announced after a long conference between the new chief, Mayor Hunt and Director Cash. Bunker has a splendid record as a fire fighter, and was first in line in the department for the appointment. His promotion was received with great favor by the members of the department and the public at large. Mayor Hunt notified Bunker of his selection as chief in a letter in which the executive expressed the greatest confidence in his ability to make good. In discussing the appointment the mayor said he was glad to find a man right in line for the position of the caliber and ability he thought needed in the head of the fire department. The mayor said that he believed Bunker would show fine ability as head of the department and would be successful in bringing the department to the highest possible standard of efficiency. He thought Bunker would show the initiative desired and looked for the department to make a fine record under his guidance. Director Cash said he was satisfied that Bunker was the man they were looking for, and expressed the greatest confidence in his ability. He said it had been necessary to secure a permanent head of the department at the earliest moment in order that plans for the improvement of the deparment would not be delayed. Chief Bunker received his honors with the modesty that is characteristic of the man. “My hope is that I may be as successful in administering the department as was my predecessor,” said the new chief. Chief Bunker is a native of Cincinnati, is 55 years old and joined the department in 1879. He has been a lifelong friend of his predecessor, ex-Chief Archibald. On entering the fire department both he and Archibald were assigned to the Gift’s Company. Bunker became captain of the company and Archibald served as a lieutenant under him. When Archibald was made a captain. Jack Conway, now superintendent of the salvage corps, became the lieutenant of the Gift’s under Bunker, and when later Bunker was made district marshal, Conway succeeded him as captain of the company. At all big fires in recent years, Archibald, Conway and Bunker have worked shoulder to shoulder in handling the corps of firemen under them. Bunker is known for his great bravery. He is over six feet tall, lithe and active as a panther and is a born leader among men. He never orders a fireman to go anywhere where he will not lead. During his career he has had many hair-breadth escapes, and though often receiving minor injuries, has never received any great hurt that incapacitated him for any length of time. In respect to injuries he has been most fortunate, as he had been in many a tight place where his escape was measured by inches. The new chief is married and lives on Woodward street. He has a family of six children. His salary of chief will be $6,000 a year.