Dinner to Chief Griffen, White Plains, N. Y.
A testimonial dinner was given Chief H. Abbot Griffen, of the White Plains. N. Y., Fire Department, by the members of the department on his completion of twenty years as the head of the department. The event took place at the Elks Club House. White Plains, on the evening of Wednesday, January 20, with over 400 guests present, including city officials and heads of many of the surrounding Fire Departments. J. Harvey Turnure was Toastmaster, and the speakers included Mayor Walter Rogers. White Plains; Deputy Commissioner of Safety, White Plains; Deputy Chief Roi Wooley, Larchmont, representing the Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan; Ex-Chief Clark Hope; Michael F. Loughman; Henry Sutherland; Captain George W. Barrie, White Plains Fire Department, and Chief Griffen. A telegram of congratulation was received from Commissioner of Safety Thomas F. holey, White Plains, who is in Florida. A number of other congratulatory telegrams were also read by the Toastmaster.
Chief Griffen joined the Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, of White Plains, on March 3, 1903. In 1908 he was elected Second Lieutenant; in 1910 he was advanced to First Lieutenant, and two years later became Captain. He was first elected head of the department m 1914. and served several terms as volunteer Chief. On December 31. 1917, he was made full time Chief, which position he now holds.
Under the direct supervision of Chief Griffen is a uniformed force of 77 men. including a captain and six lieutenants, and 250 volunteers. The department now has three ladder trucks, six triple combination pumpers, one squad car. one Chief’s car and one Captain’s car. There are six fire stations and a fire alarm headquarters. There are also 182 fire alarm boxes. 150 miles of underground cable and 75 miles of overhead wire.