Chief John J. Brennan Retires

Chief John J. Brennan Retires

Effective May 1, 1944, Chief of Department John J. Brennan, of Pelham Manor, N. Y., has retired, after more than forty years of outstanding service in the Fire Departments of New York City and Pelham Manor. Officially Chief Brennan’s retirement will take effect on June 1st, as he is taking the month of May for his vacation period.

Chief Brennan, who is widely known throughout the United States, entered the Fire Department of the City of New York on September 21, 1903. As a fireman he worked in Truck Companies 7, 16 and 12, and on the anniversary of his original appointment he was promoted to Lieutenant on September 21, 1914. As a lieutenant Chief Brennan served in Engines 14 and 39, until his promotion to captain on December 24, 1916, when he was assigned to command Engine 55 in lower Manhattan. Promoted to Chief of Battalion on February 16, 1923 Chief Brennan was given command of the Third Battalion, one of the toughest in the City from the standpoint of hazards and number of fires. Before his retirement from the New York Department on August 31, 1925 Chief Brennan had ben commander of the Third, Fifth and Fourteenth Battalions.

Chief John J. Brennan

Following a series of serious fires in Pelham Manor the Mayor of this suburban community in Westchester County, called on Chief John Kenlon of New York City and asked for his recommendation of an experienced chief officer to reorganize and command the Pelham Manor firefighters. Chief Kenlon unhesitatingly and enthusiastically recommended Chief Brennan.

Now, after more than sixteen years service as Chief of Department in Pelham Manor, Chief Brennan feels that he should take time to enjoy a well earned retirement. His decision will be particularly felt and regretted by the Fire Chiefs Emergency Plan of Westchester County, of which Chief Brennan was one of the founders and most untiring and enthusiastic workers.

At the April meting of the Westchester organization a committee was appointed to provide a suitable token of the Plan’s regard of Chief Brennan, and appreciation of his work for the Fire Service. The Annual Dinner of the Westchester Chiefs Emergency Plan on May 17th. will be the occasion for the presentation of the gift.


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