Gov. Smith Reviews Firemen’s Parade
About three thousand volunteer firemen including units from Kings and Nassau counties on Long Island. Wilmington, Del., and Newcastle and Philadelphia, Pa., passed in review before Governor Alfred E. Smith as he watched the thirty-seventh annual parade from a stand in front of Borough Hall. Brooklyn.
Firemen hauling ancient fire apparatus that were used by their grandfathers were just as proud as those who sat on shiny motor equipment. There were the red shirts, polished fire trumpets and other accessories that are so characteristic of some volunteer fire units. Sixteen bands were in the parade. That meant that the Governor had to hear the strains of “The Sidewalks of New York” that many times. On the grand stand was tied a banner, “For President, Alfred E. Smith.”
He refused to talk politics and said:
“No politics. This is George Washington’s birthday and Bill Todd’s parade.”
William H. Todd, honorary deputy chief of the association, was honorary grand marshal and his aides were Honorary Battalion Chiefs Edward J. and William F. Kenny. John H. Conk was grand marshal.
Chief William Lutz of Wilmington was with Commissioner Dorman of New York city. There were one hundred men and twenty-five women in the Wilmington delegation. Chief Ross Davis of Philadelphia headed the Philadelphia volunteers. The parade was led by the New York Fire Department band.
At a dinner following the parade, Governor Smith recalled the time that he was a buff around Engine 32 in John street. He told Mr. Dorman that the fire department lost much of its romance when it lost the horses.
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