Chief O. C. Dunn, St. Paul, Minn., Dead
Chief Owen C. Dunn, of the St. Paul, Minn., Fire Department, died in that city on Friday, May 4, after an operation. He had been a member of the department for 42 years and had served as Chief for ten years.
Chief Dunn was born in New Richmond, Wis., and moved to St. Paul when he was 22 years of age, being appointed to the Fire Department on December 19, 1891. His first position was that of supply wagon driver, the lowest in the department. Six months later he was transferred to department headquarters, where he remained for eleven years. During this time he was promoted to lieutenant, and then to captain. In 1918 he was raised to the post of Battalion Chief and in 1920 he was appointed Assistant Chief, which post he held until June 3, 1924, when he became Chief.
Chief Dunn had been a member of International Association of Fire Chiefs for a number of years. He was one of the organizers of International Association of Fire Fighters and was instrumental in forming the City Fire-Fighters Local No. 21, of St. Paul. At one time he held the First Vice-Presidency of the Fifth District of the Fire Fighters’ Association, and was the first Financial Secretary of the city branch.
The funeral was held at the Chief’s home and at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, on May 7. An escort of 40 members of the St. Paul Fire Department accompanied the body from the Chief’s home to the church and later in the day to Richmond. Wis., where the interment took place. Six of Chief Dunn’s nephews acted as pallbearers.
Chief Dunn is survived by a brother and two sisters.
On June 4 Capt. William J. Sudeith was appointed Chief of the department. He has served nearly 25 years as a fireman.