Chief Patrick Byron of Troy Dead
Patrick Byron, the chief of the Troy, N. Y., Fire Department, died at his residence at Troy, on April 23, at the age of seventy-seven years. He was born in Ireland on April 21, 1841. His death was indirectly due to injuries received in January, 1917, while on duty at a fire. He recovered from these injuries, but his health was affected by them, and when, in April of last year, he again was injured, in the performance of his duty, his strength seemed permanently impaired. A fire last December, which he attended against the advice of his doctor, was the Chief’s last active work. Since that time he has not been on duty, and a short time ago he sustained a broken rib from a fall in his home, which, in his weakened condition, hastened his death. Chief Byron’s parents came to America when he was four years of age. He joined the Troy department on December 25, 1859, and became second assistant chief on February 14, 1880. He was appointed chief on April 30, 1891, and thus has been at the head of the department for twenty-seven years. He has long been a member of the International Association of Fire Engineers, and has been a familiar figure at the conventions of the organization, having never missed an annual meeting. He was a general favorite among his men, owing to his genial personality, and his fearlessness in the performance of duty. He never would send a man into a place of danger that he was not ready to enter himself. The Chief had hosts of friends in the fire service of the country and in other walks of life. The funeral took place on Sunday. April 28, the body being escorted to St. Joseph’s Church by the members of the fire department in uniform.
Louis A. Wiser is the new fire chief at Kenmore, N. Y.
Frank A. Spence, chief engineer of the Gloucester, N. J., water works, has resigned.
George Mosher has been elected chief of the Glens Falls, N. Y., fire companies.