CHIEF DENGER, DAVENPORT, DIES AFTER LINGERING ILLNESS
With Fire Department for Forty Years— On Inactive Duty Since November, 1928, Because of Rheumatism—Had Many Friends
DAVENPORT firemen, and officials from many surrounding communities paid their final tribute to Peter Denger, chief of Davenport, Ia., fire department for many years. He died following an attack of rheumatism that troubled him since November, 1928, and forced him to remain at home. On May 9 many friends called at his home to help him celebrate his thirty-ninth year as a member of the fire department and his seventieth birthday.
Back in May, 1919, Chief Denger’s ninth anniversary as head of the department was made the occasion of a highly complimentary testimonial dinner by the citizens. A volunteer committee collected subscriptions and purchased as gifts for the chief a gold watch and chain, a leather covered library chair and other useful gifts for his home.
During his regime civil service measures were introduced. This increased the efficiency of the department, for it was divorced from the bad effects of politics.
He joined the department on May 8, 1889, and worked his way up through the ranks. May 1, 1910, he was appointed chief, and he has served nearly nineteen consecutive years. Since his appointment as head of the department Chief and Mrs. Denger have not missed a convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, up to the time of the recent illness.
Richard A. Kelley succeeds the late chief as head of the fire department.