Former Chief Chevalier, Montreal, Dead
Joseph F. Chevalier, Ex-Chief of the Montreal, Que., Fire Department, and Inspector-Instructor of the Province of Quebec Fire Prevention Bureau, died at his home in Montreal on March 18. He was in his 69th year.
Chief Chevalier was born in St. Liguori, Que., and served in the Montreal Fire Department for 26 years, having joined as a young man. Due to his interest in mechanics, he was appointed to the engineer’s staff of the department. He was the inventor of system for passing hose over trolley wires in small fires, to avoid hold up of traffic. On June 28, 1918, he was appointed Chief, at the time being Chief Engineer of the department, and a professor of mechanics for the Council of Arts and Manufacturers for the Province of Quebec.
Retiring from the Fire Department in July, 1923, on pension, Chief Chevalier returned to the teaching of mechanics, and two years later was appointed lnspector-Instruetor for the Provincial Fire Prevention Bureau. He was a member of the Dominion Association of Fire Chiefs, the Province of Quebec Police and Fire Chiefs’ Association and was President of the Quebec Fire Prevention Association.
Chief Chevalier is survived by four sons, four daughters and 15 grandchildren. The funeral was held in St. Catherine’s Church, Montreal, on March 21.