“Chief” Thompson of St. Louis Dead
William W. Thompson, who responded to fires in St. Louis, Mo., for nearly forty years, died during his sleep at the age of sixty-eight. For many years he was with the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and went to fires to protect the equipment of that company. He helped the department by cutting high tension lines and freeing those who made contact with such wires. When he retired from the telephone company after fifty-two years of service, he was presented with a siren-equipped automobile by the firemen, and given the title of “Chief of the Twelfth Fire Department District,” an imaginary district created for him. He is survived by two daughters and a granddaughter.