LaPorte Chief Has Long Service Record
Thirty-two years as chief of a fire department is a record that any one might well be proud of and that is the anniversary that Chief Thomas Whorwell of the fire department of LaPorte, Ind., celebrated recently.
Chief Whorwell joined the volunteer department of LaPorte in the Fall of 1876, and was officially appointed by the council,
January 1, 1877. He was elected foreman of Company 10 several times and became chief on May 12. 1890. At that time the city’s fire-fighting equipment consisted of five mandrawn hose carts and a ladder truck. Later on horse-drawn apparatus was adopted and the department was changed to a paid basis. With the arrival of a new motor ladder truck which is expected within the next month, the last horse will disappear from the fire-fighting forces of the department.
While Chief Whorwell bears the reputation of being a strict disciplinarian, he is very popular among his men and has them back of him very thoroughly in every respect, owing to his efficiency as a fire fighter and the fact that he is never afraid to go into any danger where he is ready to send his men. In spite of his long service, he is as vigorous as ever and expects to round out a long term of service before laying down the cares of office.