Chief Scruggs to Retire
Chief Jesse Atwell Scruggs has applied for a retirement pension after forty years of service in the Nashville, Tenn., Fire Department.
Born in Nashville on February 15, 1879, Chief Scruggs has seen fire fighting advance from thrilling old smoking, chugging engines drawn by teams of sleek firehorses to the powerful motorized pumpers of today.
When he became a substitute fireman on February 14, 1903, he had been a farrier by trade—a sort of combination blacksmith and veterinarian surgeon— and his talents were utilized in the care of the big, spirited, highly-trained horses.
After serving as a substitute firemen. Chief Scruggs was made a regular fireman on December 18, 1906. He became a lieutenant in August, 1918, and was promoted to a captancy in April, 1923. He became second assistant chief March 1, 1928, and was elevated to chief May 24, 1938.
Chief Scruggs is retiring because of ill health.