Cornoyer Takes Defense Post
Fire Chief Lawrence C. Cornoyer, of the St. Louis, Mo., Fire Department, who worked up from the ranks to become head of the department three years ago after thirty-four years service, resigned from the fire department to take a place in the national defense program as Chief Inspector of Plant Protection in the St. Louis Ordnance District of the War Department.
In his new post, he will be in charge of a force of eight supervisory inspectors and will have the responsibility of preventing sabotage and reducing fire hazards in plants engaged in defense work in several Midwestern states.
Chief Cornoyer had an outstanding record as a “fighting fireman” and as an executive. He was commended for his efforts to aid the injured and dying in the Mill Creek sewer explosion on April 25, 1935, in which five WPA workers were killed. He rushed into the sewer without a gas mask after the explosion to expedite rescue work.
Last January, Chief Cornoyer was given a gold medal by the St. Louis Insurance Board for meritorious service.