Chief G. S. Pitt of Middletown Dead
Chief George S. Pitt, a member of the Middletown, Connecticut, fire department since 1887, and the oldest permanent fire chief in New England, died suddenly at his home on January 2 after a short illness. He was seventy-one years of age. Chief Pitt was taken ill on January 1, New Year’s Day, after having aided in recovering the body of a drowned boy.
Chief Pitt’s funeral was held on January 5 after impressive ceremonies in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown, with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery. Members of the fire department who served under Chief Pitt acted as bearers while representatives were present from the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association. Chiefs from Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Meriden and New Britain attended the funeral.
A delegation from Middletown Lodge No. 771, B. P. O. E., of which Chief Pitt was a member, was in attendance along with representatives from the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Connecticut.
Chief Pitt was known as the dean of Connecticut fire fighters. He was a member of the department for fifty-two years and was to have celebrated his thirty-fourth year as cruet m March. He was born in Middletown and at the age of eighteen became a member of the volunteer department, then known as the Douglas Hose Company. After fifteen years service with the Douglas Hose Company he was appointed assistant chief under Chief Frederick W. Willey. On March 2, 1896, he succeeded Chief Willey in that post and has since held the office.
Chief Pitt was well known throughout Connecticut. He was president of the Connecticut State Firemen’s Association tor one term in 1900. Since 1896 he has been a member of the Executive Committee. During the early years of his administration Chief Pitt also held the offices of fire warden, fire marshal, fuel administrator and superintendent of fire alarms.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sons. Rev. Louis Pitt of Ardmore, Pa., and Lester Pitt of Springfield, Mass.