I. A. F. C. OFFICERS PLACE WREATH ON TOMB OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

I. A. F. C. OFFICERS PLACE WREATH ON TOMB OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

Honor Memory of First President and Pioneer Volunteer Firemen

ON February 22, Officers of the International Association of Fire Chiefs enroute to the Directors meeting in New York, stopped off at Alexandria, Va., and proceeded to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, where a wreath was placed on the tomb of our first president.

George Washington, as many histories relate, was actively interested in volunteer Fire Department activities, and was himself a volunteer fireman.

The idea of presenting a wreath originated with Chief James Duncan, Jr., of Alexandria, Va., Fire Department, who suggested it to the officers of the association. Taking part in the

parade and ceremony at Alexandria and Mount Vernon were members of over thirty-eight fire departments, and Chiefs of several of the large cities in the neighborhood of Washington, together

Chiefs Brosnan, Duncan and SmithGroup of Chiefs on the Historic Grounds of Mt. Vernon

—Photo by J. Mclnerney

with President D. W. Brosnan, and Vice-President Richard Lee Smith of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Others prominent in the Association affairs who attended the ceremony included Chief George S. Watson, of Washington, D. C., Chief August Emrich of Baltimore, Md., Chief R. A. Foster, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth. Va., Chief P. G. Priester of the Baltimore County Fire Department, Chief R. S. Baughan, Norfolk, Va., Chief W. H. Joynes, Richmond. Va., Richard Alexander, Portsmouth, Va., Jesse A. Fisher, Annapolis, Md. and James M. Duncan, Jr., Alexandria, Va.

Local authorities gave a reception and luncheon at the historic Gadsby’s Tavern in the afternoon for the guests who took part in the memorial services.

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