Corrigan Made Chief at Chicago
Michael J. Corrigan has been appointed Chief Fire Marshal of Chicago to fill the position made vacant by the retirement of Chief Seyferlich who had been head of the department for many years.
Chief Corrigan entered the service as fireman on October 5, 1893. On May 16, 1904, he was promoted to lieutenant and made captain on October 31, 1907. Three years later he was promoted to battalion chief and on July 1, 1921 he became assistant fire marshal. Mr. Corrigan was made division fire marshal on July 3, 1923, deputy chief fire marshal on April 9, 1927 and advanced to head of the department on November 3, 1927.
Chief Corrigan has been mentioned in many of the department reports for bravery and for his ability to do the right thing in case of an emergency.
He was awarded the Lambert Tree medal for bravery in 1917. On the opening of the opera in 1917, a fanatic placed a lighted bomb in the aisle of the Auditorium Theatre. The present chief was then chief of the twenty-fifth battalion and on inspection detail at the theatre when called.
Hurrying to the spot where the bomb was placed, lie picked it up and dashed to the street. In a most cool headed manner, he snuffed out the fuse. The Chicago Board of Fire Underwriters presented him with a gold watch for bravery.
In March of this year, Chief Corrigan was again commended for his rescue of two members of the department who were caught in the basement of a burning building. The Daily Tribune awarded him one hundred dollars for his bravery.
Chief Corrigan is married and has five children. He is an earnest student of all matters appertaining to fire department work.
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