Ex-Chief Coleman of Miami, Dead
William R. Coleman, formerly head of the fire department in Miami, Fla., and a member of that department for seventeen years, died in a local hospital at the age of fortyone, following an illness that lasted for several years.
He was a native of Illinois and came to Miami from Denver, nineteen years ago. For two years he was employed by the Florida East Coast Railway and in 1912 he joined the fire department as an electrician. In the same year Mr. Coleman was promoted to lieutenant and three years later he was advanced to the grade of captain. He was appointed head of the department in May, 1917 and he continued in that office for eleven years. Chief Coleman was the sixth fire chief of the city. He held that office longer than any of his predecessors. He retired February, 1928.
Chief Coleman was a past president of the State Firemen’s Association, and was a member of the B. P. O. Elks.
He is survived by his widow, his mother, a sister and a brother.