Chief O’Boyle, St. Louis, Dead

Chief O’Boyle, St. Louis, Dead

Chief John J. O’Boyle, St. Louis, Mo., Fire Department, died at 8 a.m., October 3, in a New Orleans hospital, of complications resulting from the rupturing of a gangrenous appendix. He was taken ill while attending the I.A.F.C. Convention in New Orleans, and was operated upon on September 29.

The Late Chief John J. O'BoyleJacksonville Firemen Get Complete Training Drillmaster A. E. Erwin, Jacksonville, Fla., Fire Department, explains the operation of a modern fire alarm system to Fred M. Valz, Commissioner of Public Safety and to Chief W. Q. Dowling. This exhibit, arranged by the A.D.T., was used at the local fire school to acquaint the men with manual fire alarm boxes, fire alarm system, sprinkler system supervision, and watchman supervisory service.

Chief O’Boyle was born on May 2, 1881, and was educated in the St. Louis grade schools and the St Louis University. He joined the Fire Department in May, 1903. In 1915, he was promoted to Lieutenant, and three years later became Captain. In both competitive examinations he headed the list.

During his service as Captain, he was frequently called upon to act as District Chief, and later received his appointment to that office. He became Chief in May, 1933.

In referring to the death of Chief O’Boyle, Mayor Dickman, of St. Louis, said:

“I am greatly shocked to learn of the sudden death of Chief O’Boyle. St. Louis has lost a public servant who has proven himself to be one of the finest Chiefs we have ever had. Under his efficient direction the Fire Department has steadily improved in equipment and trained personnel; accidents in the department have been practically eliminated; the cost of maintenance has steadily decreased, while there has been a reduction of almost 25 per cent in fire insurance rates.”

Chief O’Boyle was unmarried. He lived with a married brother in St. Louis. He is also survived by a sister.

Deputy Chief Larry Cornoyer is at present acting head of the Fire Department.

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