Chief Joseph W. Morgan Dies
Fire Chief Joseph W. Morgan of the St. Louis, Mo., Fire Department was killed on March 20 when a burning warehouse collapsed. Chief Morgan entered the building immediately he learned the walls were in danger of collapse and directed the evacuation of the structure from a vantage point on the second floor. He managed to get all but three other men and himself out before the building gave way. He suffered a crushed skull and other injuries caused by the falling debris.
Chief Morgan joined the department in June, 1913, and was appointed Chief in the summer of 1941.
He left the department to enter the Army in 1917 and served as chief fire inspector at Camp Funsten, Kans., for two years. He rejoined the department after the war and in 1921 was made a lieutenant.
Two years later he received the highest rating ever given in an Efficiency Board examination for fire captaincies. In 1926 he was sent to Chicago and Detroit to study fire fighting methods in those cities, and on his return was made captain-instructor of the firemen’s training school, which he helped organize.
He was made a district chief in 1930, but was demoted three years later with the advent of the Democratic administration. Upon the resignation of Chief Cornover he became chief on August 1.
Chief Morgan worked many months on the establishment in St. Louis of a Fire Prevention Bureau. When it was created by city ordinance last December, he said it marked long forward.
Another of Chief Morgan’s projects was a new firemen’s pension plan for St. Louis.