Former Firemen Returning With Byrd

Former Firemen Returning With Byrd

Esmonde M. O’Brien

On the “City of New York” which is bringing part of the Byrd Antarctic Expedition Back to New York, is Esmonde M. O’Brien, formerly a marine engineer on the fireboat “New Yorker” of the New York Fire Department.

He won a commission with the expedition, but since the trip was for more than one year, he was forced to resign from the fire-boat service, for it was illegal to receive more than one year’s leave from the department.

Mr. O’Brien has been a seafaring man all his life. He is the only member of any fire department with the Antarctic Expedition. O’Brien’s father is fire telegraph dispatcher.

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