Ex-Chief Clement Murphy Dead
Former District of Columbia Fire Chief Clement Murphy died of a stomach ailment on Jan. 15th. He had been living in Berkeley City, where he resided after retiring from the department in 1949.
Chief Murphy’s career as head of the District department was a stormy one, marked by wrangles with his officers and men. Notwithstanding these upsets, Chief Murphy was instrumental in inaugurating a number of improvements in the department, including use of small hose, and increases in the use of radio.
The late Chief entered the department in 1919, after serving in the Navy in YVorld War I. He was promoted to sergeant in 1928 and in 1931 to the rank of lieutenant. In 1932 he was made captain. He rose to battalion chief in 1939 and was assigned to the training school as drillmaster. In 1941-2 he was detached from regular work to serve as chief air-raid warden in the local OCD organization. On March 1, 1946, at the age of 48, Murphy was appointed Chief Engineer in command of the fire department.
Chief Murphy was injured at fires upon several occasions and in. 1932 suffered eye injuries which later affected his health, ultimately causing his retirement.