Chief Hunt of Columbus Dead

Chief Hunt of Columbus Dead

Willis B. Hunt, who was appointed Chief of the Columbus, Ohio, Fire Department until a permanent Chief was selected through competitive examination, died February 12 in a local hospital following an abdominal operation. He was sixty-nine years old. He was to have taken the civil service examination on February 15. Chief Hunt joined the department in 1890, a year later was named Lieutenant and the following year Captain. In 1920 he was advanced to Battalion Chief and in 1930 to Assistant Chief. While a fireman he studied civil engineering at night for seven years through a correspondence school course.

When Chief Allen E. Nice resigned as head of the department, on December 31, Chief Hunt was provisionally appointed by the Safety Director to fill the vacancy.

Every city fireman not required for duty attended the funeral services on February 14.

Chief Hunt is survived by his widow, a son and a daughter.

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