Following in His Father’s Footsteps
John W. Gardner is a “chip of the old block.” He is the son of William H. Gardner, Chief of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Patrol, and when a fire started in a vacant lot adjoining his father property, and threatened to set fire to the garage and that of a neighbor, John called to his mother to turn in a fire alarm while he donned one of his father’s old uniform caps. Then he turned on the water in the 300-foot hose and ran to a rose trellis by the garage. He sprayed the water over the family garage and that of a neighbor. The fire reached the back end of the Gardner lot and destroyed the garden, but the boy kept at his job.
While firemen of engine company No. 28 at Seventy-third Street and Troost Avenue were connecting their hose, John still fought the fire with the garden hose. The firemen later said the hoy had performed his task well.