Chief Ryan Presented With Diamond Studded Badge
As a token of their esteem for him, the members of the Syracuse. N. Y., fire department on December 8, presented Chief T. F. Ryan with a gold badge, set with 107 diamonds. The stones extend across the upper portion of the badge and are arranged so that they spell the word “Chief.” Under the word is a circle of raised gold upon which are the words “Syracuse Fire Department.” Under the circle the city seal appears impressed in the gold. Mayor Will made the speech of presentation in the offices of Commissioner of Public Safety Hitchcock. There were fifty firemen in attendance besides Commissioner Hitchcock, Deputy Commissioner Friedrich and Comptroller Conan. Mayor Will first congratulated Chief Ryan upon his long service in the bureau. “Your record is clean,” said Mayor Will. “Your boys wanted to show their appreciation of what you have done. Syracuse is entering a new era as regards the efficiency of its different departments. An example of this is the change in your department from the horse-drawn to the motordrawn fire fighting apparatus. We feel we have in you the man who will meet the situation in every way. We know that after you have been the head of the department for a year we will have the best department in the state. The commissioner and I will do everything in our power to help you.” The presentation of the badge came as a surprise to Chief Ryan, who replied to the mayor. “This is a surprise to me,” he said. “I had no inkling that I was to receive such a present from the boys.” Commissioner Hitchcock placed the new badge upon Chief Ryan’s coat. The chief did not intend to wear the new badge except upon special occasions, but Commissioner HiHtchcock kept the old badge and said that he didn’t intend to return it, for the present at least. Chief Ryan has been a member of the Syracuse fire department for the past 31 years and last year was made chief to succeed John P. Quigley.