Ex-Chief Cummings of Atlanta Dead
William Bascom Cummings, formerly chief of the Atlanta, Ga., department, died in a private hospital following a long ill ness, at the age of seventy-one.
He was recognized as one of the ablest fire-fighters in the history of the local department, and his service dates back to the volunteer department, prior to the time of paid firemen. In May, 1908, lie fought the second largest fire that ever visited the city, and although the property damage was estimated at $1,000,000, there was widespread comment over his splendid leadership.
Chief Cummings was a member of the B. P. O. Elks and the Masons. He was also a member of the Old Guard.
His widow, a son, a daughter, two grandsons and a granddaughter survive.