Ex-Chief Murphy of Buffalo, Dead

Ex-Chief Murphy of Buffalo, Dead

Edward P. Murphy, formerly chief of the fire department at Buffalo, N. Y., died at his home in Buffalo on July 28 from heart trouble with which he was afflicted for the past ten years. It was not until a year ago that the disease became serious, and he was confined to his bed for three days prior to his death.

He was born in the old first ward of the city on February 2, 1857; he received his education at St. Brigid’s school and at St. Joseph’s College. Chief Murphy’s first job was an apprentice to a blacksmith. Firefighting appealed to him and he joined the George Chambers Engine Company as a pipeman.

About a year later, he was made tillerman in truck company No. 2 and shortly afterwards he was promoted to captain. On May 1, 1883, Murphy was made chief of the first battalion and in 1890 his rank was advanced to assistant chief. In October 1918, wffien Chief McConnell retired, Chief Murphy was advanced to the head of the department. He held this rank until April 1, 1924, when he was succeeded by Chief Hedden.

The Late Edward P. Murphy.

The passing of Chief Murphy recalls many instances of his daring bravery. He first attracted attention when he rescued four children single handed from the burning Revere Block, at the Canal and Erie Street in 1878. At the burning of The Richmond Hotel, when almost a score of guests lost their lives, Chief Murphy succeeded in saving the lives of six women. One of the women jumped, and was caught by Murphy at the top of the ladder.

In the same year, during a fire at the Phoenix brewery, Murphy was at the top of a ladder directing the lines when the ladder fell front beneath him. He grasped protruding eaves and managed to hang on until an extension ladder was raised.

Sedalia, Mo., to Standardize Threads—The threads on the hydrants and hose in Sedalia, Mo., will be rechased to conform with that of the National standard. The work is being done under the direction of the Missouri Inspection Bureau. The city now has six threads per inch on all their hydrants.

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