Chief John C. Egner Retires
An eventful fire-fighting career was closed with the retirement of John C. Egner, head of the Fire Insurance Patrol in Kansas City, Mo., at the age of sixty-nine.
He came from Chicago in Kansas City in 1871 and while in his teens he joined a road show as acrobat. One off winter be used a mat at Station No. 6 on which to practice and Chief G. C. Hale saw him and offered him a job in the department as third-class fireman. In 1906 he was made head of the department and he held that job until March 28, 1918. Two days later Chief Egner became head of the Fire Insurance Patrol.
His most prized photograph is one showing the eight-man team of firemen which he captained in 1893 at the life saving contest arranged during the International Fire Congress in London. His team was awarded first prize. In 1900 he led a twelve-man crew to victory at the International Fire Congress in Paris. Each time his team competed with the best fire-fighting crews in the world, and each time a crew from Milan, Italy, was judged second.
He is succeeded by Chief Gardner, who has been a member of the Fire Patrol for twelve years.