Desperately Ill, Dispatcher Sticks to Post
William S. Riordan, in charge of the night shift of the fire alarm telegraph bureau in the Seventy-Ninth street Transverse road through Central Park, New York city, was taken ill about midnight during one of the recent stormy nights, but refused to leave his post on the advice of friends, for fear that an alarm might come in. At 8 a. m. he collapsed at his key, and after he ing attended by Dr. Archer, honorary fire surgeon, was forced to leave his position and be carried in an ambulance to his home in Brooklyn, where it was found that he was suffering from intestinal trouble. At 1 a. m., just after being taken ill, Riordan received a flash indicating a fire at Fortieth street and First avenue, and sent in three alarms. Eight firmen were overcome at this fire. Riordan is forty years old and one of the oldest alarm dispatchers in point of service, in the city.