Defends Fire Marshals
The movement in the New York State Republican Assembly to pass a bill abolishing the State fire marshals is a device to secure political favor at the expense of the safety of human life, according to Eugene D. Stocker, Second Deputy Fire Marshal, who last week issued a statement attacking the bill. Mr. Stocker declares that the department has shown itself to have a particular place in State government and that to abolish it on the plea of economy would be asinine.
“Perhaps never before,” said Mr. Stocker, “has any clique of politicians proposed so defenceless and so dangerous a change in govermnen al machinery as has the Barnes controlled Assembly in its avowed purposes to legislate the State Fire Marshal’s office out of existence. The action would lessen the cost of government, but only at the expense of tearing down one of the safeguards which have been erected to protect the people from loss of life and property by fire.”