Chief J. J. Heleker, Peekskill, N. Y., Retires
Chief John J. Heleker. of the Peekskill. N. Y. Fire Department, in spite of urgings on the part of the authorities and members of the volunteer department, announced his decision not to accept reelection to that office. Chief Heleker was elected as head of the department on December 14, 1922, and has held the post ever since. He was born in Peekskill on September 4, 1878. He joined the Washington Engine Company of Peekskill in 1898, and was elected to the fire department on November 12, 1907. He served as president of this company for two years, from 1907 to 1909. He was elected second assistant foreman of the Nelson Avenue Company January 1, 1915. He became first assistant foreman in 1916 and foreman in 1917. On December 13, 1913, he was elected second assistant engineer of the fire department, and was re-elected December 11, 1920. Besides being a member of the Washington Engine Company he is an associate member of the Columbian Engine Company.