Chief Neary, Natick, Dead
Chief John H. Neary, Natick, Mass., passed away on January 18, as the result of paralysis of the throat.
He was born in Natick on June 15, 1886. In 1917 he went abroad with a machine gun battalion and saw service at Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel, Verdun and other sectors. He was promoted to Lieutenant.
After the war he returned to the Natick Fire Department and became Lieutenant. He was appointed Chief in 1920 and became the first permanent member of the department.
The late Chief Neary is survived by his widow, a stepdaughter, and a brother, who is also a member of the Fire Department.