Fireman Shot When Halting Motorist
Jerman J. Williams, fireman of Jacksonville, Fla., and son-in-law of Chief W. Q. Dowling, was killed by a negro bellboy at a fire. The fireman, wearing a department helmet and coat, was on duty at a fire at 5 a.m. He saw a car that the bellboy was driving, approach, and he waved a flashlight to stop him from driving over the fire hose. Instead of obeying the Negro fired three shots through the car, one of which killed Williams, and he drove away at high speed.
The Negro’s defense was that he was returning from a dance. He saw the fireman but thought he was attempting a hold up. He could not explain why he carried the pistol.
Besides his widow, who at the time of the accident was at a hospital for a major operation, the fireman is survived by two children.