Hamilton to Succeed Klinck at Memphis
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Chief John C. Klinck, head of the Memphis, Tenn., Fire Department since 1950, is presently on terminal leave and will retire June 3 after 30 years service. The son of the late Chief Irby M. Klinck, he is widely known in national fire circles, having served as co-chairman of the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference since becoming chief, as well as being an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
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Chief Klinck was appointed to the department in June 1930 and assigned to the fire marshal division. In 1935 he was transferred to the personnel division and in 1940 was promoted to lieutenant. He was named captain in 1941 and became district chief in charge of personnel in 1943. He was appointed deputy chief, fire fighting division, in 1948 and on June 3, 1950, became chief of department succeeding retired Chief Connie Sullivan.
Chief Edward A. Hamilton, a veteran of 25 years service, was appointed acting chief January 15 by Commissioner Claude A. Armour and will become chief of department effective June 3. He was appointed a fire fighter in August 1935 and promoted to driver in 1938. He was named lieutenant, fire fighting division,in 1940, captain in 1944, battalion chief in 1950, and promoted to deputy chief, fire fighting division in October 1958. Chief Hamilton served as co-chairman of the recently concluded Fire Department Instructors Conference which was held in Memphis for the 26th year.