Chief J. A. Mullen of Boston, Retires
Chief J. A. Mullen, of the Boston fire department, resigned and was retired on a pension March 5. His resignation was not unexpected. All the local newspapers predicted it when Deputy Chief John Grady was appointed fire commissioner on March 2, as their relations have not been cordial for a number of years, but this was not the principal cause of his resignation. Boston had a new Mayor on Feb. 1, The retiring Mayor as one of his last official acts, increased the salaries of all the members of the lire department, that of the chief officers $500 a year. The new Mayor last week annulled the increase for the officers. Chief Mullen, who is not in good health, has been contemplating retirement tor some time, and was intending to do so the coming fall. By resigning when lie did, he will receive an annual pension of $2,250 on his increased salary. If he waited a few days until his decreased salary went into effect he would receive a pension of only $2,000, and but for this he probably would not have resigned at this time. Deputy Chief Grady, in a newspaper interview, said that if he became commissioner he would not have interfered with Chief Mullen, and a few days before he resigned, Chief Mullen stated to a newspaper reporter that he had no intention of resigning at that time. Chief Mullen retired at 9 p, rn. and three minutes later there was a third alarm fire in the Quincy House. Senior Deputy Chief Grady was on his day off, and Junior Deputy Chief P. F. McDonough, who will probably he the next chief of department, was in command. Chief Mullen was horn in South Boston, where he has always lived, June 2, 1850, and is an iron moulder hv trade. He entered the fire department as a call member June 12, 1874, two months after the department was reorganized as a partially permanent and partially tall force system. He entered the paid force May 8, 1876, was jumped over a lieutenancy to a captain Aug. 8, 1881, was made a district chief Aug. 20. 1885, served as assistant chief Nov. 12. 1897, first assistant chief March 22, 1901, and chief of department March 2, 1900. He was the first to take a civil service examination for position of district chief, and all of his service as captain and district chief was in the South Boston section.