CHIEF CODY TO RETIRE IN 1926 AFTER FIFTY YEARS SERVICE
Veteran Head of Atlanta, Ga.. Fire Department Plans to Resign at End of Next Year — All Want Him to Stay
CHIEF WILLIAM B. CODY, a fire-fighter of national reputation and for over 47 years a member of the Atlanta. Ga., fire department, ten of which he has been at its head, has officially declared his intention of retiring from office at the end of 1926, when he will have completed his half-century of service. This notice he served on Mayor Walter A. Sims and the fire department officials of Atlanta, on January 29. Great regret at this decision of the chief was expressed by the mayor and city officials, who were unanimous in the hope that he would be persuaded to reconsider his decision before the time arrived for him to lay down his office.
Chief Cody was born in W a r r e n County, Ga.. a n d moved to Atlanta when he was seventeen years of age, entering the employ of a lumber concern. A year later he became a member of the fire department, then a volunteer organization, and was assigned to Tallulah Fire Company No. 3. Later, when the department was placed on a paid basis, he was made an officer. He was made chief in 1915, and in 1918 a charter amendment was adopted which provided that Chief Cody should be retained in his position for life, pending his good behavior.
While Chief Cody has passed his sixtieth year, he is of vigorous physique and gives the impression of a man much younger.
In referring to his contemplated resignation Chief Cody said: “Atlanta has been good to me—mighty good to me. I have now been in harness for nearly a half century. I still feel as young as a man of 40 years, but maybe it will be better for me to step down and give some one else a chance.”