Chief Wallace Celebrates Birthday

Chief Wallace Celebrates Birthday

Chief George A. Wallace, of the Cleveland, Ohio, fire department, celebrated his seventy-fourth birthday on February 15. Chief Wallace is one of the oldest of the fire department heads now in active service, and is still as vigorous and virile as many a younger man. According to the chief’s own account of his career, when, at the age of 10, he and a chum responded with a hose cart to a blaze on the river front, he then made up his mind to become a fireman. At 21 he joined the department and was assigned to the hose company at Engine House No. 2, which still is at the same location on Champlain Avenue N. W., near Ontario Street. When he was appointed as head of the department on March 4, 1901, he had held every other position in the department. Chief Wallace attributes his physical hobbies—handball and baseball. The dignified to join in a “sandlot” game. “No, I hadn’t thought of retiring—yet,” he said. “I don’t feel any older than the day 1 joined the department.”

Chief George A. Wallace, Cleveland, Ohio

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