JAMES McFALL, FORMER SECRETARY OF I.A.F.C., DIES AT PITTSBURGH

JAMES McFALL, FORMER SECRETARY OF I.A.F.C., DIES AT PITTSBURGH

Served the International Association of Fire Chiefs in That Capacity from 1905 to 1919—Was Chief of Roanoke, Va., and later of U. S. Fleet Corporation

JAMES McFALL, who served for fourteen years as the Secretary of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, died of pneumonia at his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., on January 15, after an illness of two months.

Chief McFall was born in Bedford County, Va., in 1869. His parents moved to Roanoke. Va., when he was twelve years of age, and he was educated in the schools of that city. As a young man he was employed in the auditing department of the Norfolk & Western Railroad. From 1867 to 1903, he served as City Auditor of Roanoke. He was a charter member of the Junior Hose Fire Company of that city, and was Assistant Chief of the Fire Department in 1892 and 1893. He was elected Chief on January 1, 1894, and served until February 28, 1918, when he resigned to become General Fire Marshal of the United States Emergency Fleet Cor-

The Late James McFall Taken when he was Secretary of the I.A.F.C. and Chief of the Roanoke Fire Department.

poration, his duty being to organize Fire Departments in the 120 shipyards of the corporation. Chief McFall served in this position during the period of the World War.

In November, 1919, Chief McFall became Manager of the Welfare Department of the West Penn Power Companies, and was appointed General Claim Agent of the companies in 1923. He served in that capacity until his death.

Chief McFall was Secretary of the I. A. F. C. from the Duluth, Minn., Convention, in 1905, until 1919, after his appointment to the U. S. Emergency Meet Corporation, when his duties with the government necessitated his resignation.

The funeral was held at Oakey’s Chapel, Roanoke, on January 19. Besides his widow, Mrs. Flora V. McFall, he is survived by a brother and a sister.

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