Fire Chief’s Son Decorated
Secretary Knox of the United States Navy has presented the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Lieutenant Emmett A. Scanlan Jr., U.S.N.R. Lieutenant Scanlan is the son of the late Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Kansas City Fire Department who died suddenly last December 26. The citation which Secretary Knox personally read to Lieutenant Scanlan runs like this:
“For heroic conduct as Officer in Charge of Fire Fighting Groups on board a United States warship. Boarding the vessel which had been beached and badly gutted by fire, Lieutenant Scanlan in spite of the ever-present danger of combustible gases and explosion of unflooded magazines, worked tirelessly and skillfully in directing lire fighting operations. His intimate knowledge of the problems confronting him and his detailed preparations for the undertaking were largely responsible for the successful accomplishment of the expedition. His resourcefulness and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U. S. Naval Service.”
Lieutenant Scanlan is not a professional fireman. He is an engineer, 32 years old, with a degree from Armour College, Chicago. He left a lucrative practice with a Kansas City fire insurance company to join the Navy. He is the principal assistant to Lieutenant Commander Harold J. Burke, U.S.N.R. of the Damage Control section of the Bureau of Ships. Commander Burke is a Division Chief of the New’ York Fire Department on military leave.
In the absence of Commander Burke who was in another theatre of war at the time. Lieutenant Scanlan organized a staff of fire fighting officers and men and flew from Norfolk Navy Yard to the scene of the fire at an unnamed Atlantic coast port of South Americasaid to be the longest “run” to a fire ever made.