Chief Denger Recovering
One accustomed to visiting fire headquarters in Davenport. Ia., soon realizes that something is missing. The smile, friendly greetings and witty remarks of Chief Peter Denger are absent and it is uncertain when he will be able to again assume his old duties.
On October 22, he and a delegation from Davenport attended the funeral of late Chief James Kennedy of Cedar Rapids. At that time he appeared to be very active. On November 2, it was necessary to take Chief Denger home as he had a very severe attack of rheumatism. He preferred to remain with his family and refused to be taken to the hospital.
Christmas eve, as the chief was lying in bed. he detected the odor of smoke. The fire department was called and they were directed by the chief in their work. About $2,500 damage was done to Chief Denger’s beautiful home. It was then necessary to remove him to the hospital while workmen repaired the damage.
Chief and Mrs. Denger have not missed a convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs since Mr. Denger became chief. His friends are hoping that he will be well enough to attend the coming gathering in Philadelphia.
He joined the department on May 8, 1889 and worked his way up through the ranks. Chief Denger was made head of the department on May 1, 1910 and has served as chief for eighteen consecutive years.