CHIEF TERRELL, ATLANTA, KILLED RESPONDING TO FALSE ALARM CALL
Car Struck Broadside by Auto Driven Recklessly by Negro—Chief Left Position as Teacher—Joined Atlanta Department
CHIEF JOHN TERRELL, head of the Atlanta, Ga., Fire Department, died when the official car in which he was riding to answer a false alarm was struck by another car containing five negroes. The official car was hit broadside and the Chief was thrown from the automobile. He was taken to the hospital in an unconscious condition from which he did not rally. His chauffeur received superficial injuries.
Chief Terrell was born in Ball Ground, Ga., December 24, 1869. He taught school at Sharp Mountain for two years before coming to Atlanta early in 1891. On March 7, 1891, he enlisted as a fireman.
In 1894 he was promoted to Captain. He was made Assistant Chief in February, 1928. Following the death of Chief William B. Cody, he was elected head of the Atlanta Fire Department on November 29, 1929.
He was active in the affairs of the Jason Burr Council, Royal and Select Masons; Royal Arch Masons, Cour de Lion Commandery, Knights Templar; Yaarab Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., and the Scottish Rite Masons.
Chief Terrell is survived by his widow, two sons and three daughters, three sisters and a brother.
Assistant Chief William Butler has been placed in charge of the Fire Department temporarily.