Chief W. R. Shaber Dies
William R. Shaber, veteran Chief of Sparks, Nev., died following a heart attack. He was stricken shortly after attending a firemen’s school held in the Sparks Fire House.
Chief Shaber was born in Reno, Nev., in 1876. He had been connected with the Sparks Fire Department since it was organized, and served as a volunteer fireman during its hand cart days. In 1916 he was appointed Chief and he had served in that capacity ever since. It was under his supervision that the Sparks fire equipment was motorized. During his entire career in the department, he directed campaigns to lessen the fire hazards.
In addition to his duties as Fire Chief, he served as Plumbing, Building, and Electrical Inspector and as Constable of Sparks. He was an active member of the Pacific Coast Fire Chiefs Association, and was active in many fraternal organizations.
He is survived by his widow, two daughters, his son, eight grandchildren, brother, and two sisters.