Criticism Blamed for Chief Campbell’s Death.
In FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING of July 5 issue, an account was given of the tragic death of Chief David Campbell, of the Portland, Ore., fire department, while on duty. Further information says: “Chief Campbell met death while making courageous efforts to plan the handling of a dangerous fire that had been defying control. He walked coolly into the burning place in scareh of a possible solution to the grave problem that confronted him and his men. Warned of the r sk he said simply that it was necessary for him to go inside. As he passed to the center ot Unbuilding a fearful explosion wrecked the onestory concrete structure. The chief was plunged to death in a seething cauldron, amid tons of debris. There was trouble in identifying him when the body was removed three hours later Accumulation of gases generated in empty oil tanks and exposed to the heat is given as the cause of the fatal explosion.” Immediately before the chief went inside. Patrolman Evans laid a detaining hand upon him, saying, “Don’t go i t there, chiefyou’ll get hurt sure.
“I’ve got to—I’ve got to get in here where wt can fight it,” Chief Campbell replied.
Just before going to his death, the chief turned to give orders to a group of hosemen.
“Chop that hose off and get her out of there if anything happens,” he shouted, indicating a piece of apparatus that was near the north wall. It was his last order. Immediately before that lie had approved a plan offered by Battalion l hid Young for running a line of hose from the nreboat into tlie building. He enterd the building about 8:35 a. in., and his body was taken out a few minutes after 11 o’clock. Several Portland ministers eulogize 1 Chief Campbell in their sermons. Among these were Drs. John H. Cudlipp, Luther R. Dyott and Benjamin Young. Both Dr. Cudlipp and Dr. Dyott spoke of criticism which they felt bad been made against the chief unjustly, and Dr Cudlipp felt that but for this criticism Chi-I Campbell would not have lost bis life. Dr. Cudlipp, speaking at Grace Methodist Church said in part: “I suppose we are all proud of Portland, when last Thursday she so beautifully remembered her hero dead. But would it not have been more to our credit to have protected his good name when as yet he lived among and served us? I believe the records will show that this brave man exposed himself unduly because of certain criticism which questioned his sincerity. My conviction is that David Campbell determined to show those who slandered him that he was still to be trusted, that he was still of the heroic stuff. To reach this point, he stepped just a little farther than he had planned. As I see it. David Campbell, like thousands of other brave men, was driven to dare those who accused him, and it cost his life, just as it has cost the lives of others.”
Dr. Dyott. at the First Congregational CLuch. said: “We make a great mistake in allowing such men as Chief Campbell to pass on through life without giving them tile word of good cheer and comfort which they need. All too often, while they are living, we have denunciation and scandalous words to say. After they die, we come with inexcusable excuse for the tilings we haven’t said.”
Dr. Young said at the Taylor Street Methodist Church: “It was in obedience to duty that Chief Campbell went to bis death. In that disaster, Portland has lost a fine citizen, a brave, big hearted man, and one of the finest and best fire-chiefs that ever wore a uniform. All honor to his memory. Let us write his name legibly in the records of this fair city. Yes, let us in some memorial home, or in some granite shaft, or bronze tablet, or statute, build for him a mom: ment, so that in after days, when men shall ask the why of its presence, the tragic story of Dave Campbell, the fire chief, shall be told”
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