Chief Koen, of Salem, Mass., Dead
Chief James S. Koen, Salem, Mass., President of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association, died on December 21 at his home after an illness of several months.
He was a member of the Salem Fire Department for thirty-four years and chief since 1932. He was fiftyeight years of age. Koen attended the public schools in Salem and in 1891 became a member of the Salem Police Department, leaving a few years later to become a relief driver in the Fire Department. He was appointed a permanent fireman in 1902 and in 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant.
He advanced successively to Captain and Acting Deputy Chief and in 1916 became a regular Deputy Chief. Chief Koen attended the Boston Fire College in 1921. He became Acting Chief in 1930 and was appointed Chief on June 9. 1932, upon the retirement of the late Chief Kimball.
Chief Koen was one of the best liked fire officials in New England and was serving his fifth term as President of the state firemen’s association. He was a member of the l ire Chiefs’ Club of Massachusetts, the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is survived by three sons and four daughters.
Members of the Jacksonville. Fla., Fire Department presented a solid gold badge to Chief W. Q. Dowling, and a badge to Deputy Chief G. F. Hare, to show their appreciation of the new officers.