Commissioner John Grady, of the Boston Fire Department, to Retire
In the contemplated retirement of Fire Commissioner John Grady, of Boston, Mass., that city and its fire service will suffer a real loss, for John Grady is in every respect a thoroughly equipped official. Entering the department fortyfour years ago as a private, by sheer strength of personality and honesty of endeavor, he worked his way up to the highest post. His one aim through all the years of his long and faithful serv-
ice has been the improvement of every branch of the department as well as maintaining the highest discipline. The Boston fire department has been brought to the highest point of efficiency during Commissioner Grady’s administration, so that the city owes him far more than it can ever repay, as he retires, after forty-four years conscientious and highly satisfactory work in the interests of the city. Commissioner Grady was appointed on May 2, 1874, and was assigned to Ladder Company No. 1. On July 26, 1883, his conscientious work in the department was recognized and rewarded by promotion to the post of lieutenant. One year later he was again promoted, being made captain on July 26, 1884. In the mean time his reputation as a disciplinarian caused him to be chosen as drill master of the department and on May 25, 1889, he was given that important post. He was acting district chief of District No. 1 from May to November, 1893, and acting district chief of District No. 8 from June 15, 1894, to February 8, 1895. On the latter date Mr. Grady was advanced to the rank of district chief, and February 23, 1906, was made assistant chief. On August 10 he became deputy chief and on June 9, 1909, was advanced to senior deputy chief. Mr. Grady became chief of the department on March 7, 1914, and on March 11, of the same year, he was appointed to the office of Fire Commissioner of the city of Boston. Mr. Grady leaves the active service of the city of Boston with the good wishes of all and the affection of the men who have served under him.