I.A.F.C. President Feted
More than 450 persons paid honor to President Donald S. Charles of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and chief of the Charlotte, N. C. Fire Department, at a testimonial dinner held in the Charlotte Park Center on May 6.
The event was arranged by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Merchants Association, the Park and Recreation Commission and the Fire and Casualty Insurance Fraternity. Mr. McAlister Carson, Sr. was chairman and Doug Mayes, WBTV announcer, master of ceremonies.
I.A.F.C. officers present included Chief R. C. Malmquist, Minneapolis, 1st vice president; Chief A. H. Lintelman, Baytown, Tex., 2nd vice president; Chief G. A. Mitchell, Opelika, Ala., treasurer; Chief Wayne C. Swanson, Rockford, Ill., immediate past president; and J. W. Stevens, San Francisco, executive secretary, who addressed the gathering and paid tribute to Chief Charles.
Mayor James S. Smith presented Chief Charles with an engraved silver platter assuring the chief that Charlotte ‘‘is proud to have a man of this type to bring honor to Charlotte. We thank you for all you have done.”
Governor Hodges, unable to attend, sent an open letter to the chief praising him for his accomplishments. The Governor called Charles “a credit to the state and to the City of Charlotte.”