Lawton Chief of Middletown, Conn.
Michael W. Lawton, deputy chief of the Middletown, Conn., fire department for the past two years, has been named by the members of the city council of Middletown as chief of department to succeed the late Chief George S. Pitt who died on January 2 after a two day’s illness.
Chief Lawton has been connected with the Middletown department for the past 23 years. For four years he was a volunteer fireman and the remainder of the time was a permanent man. In 1928 he was named as deputy chief. The elevation of Chief Lawton leaves the office of deputy chief to be filled at a later date.
The Middletown fire department, regulars and volunteers, numbers 170 men. There are four companies. O. V. Coffin Hook and Ladder Company and Hose Companies Nos. 1, 2 and 3. The Coffin Company is composed of volunteers. The motor driven apparatus consists of one city service truck with tractor and 237 feet of ladders : two combination chemicals and hose with 40-gallon tank; one combination chemical and hose with 35-gallon tank.
Chief Lawton is one of the best known firemen in Connecticut and enters upon his new duties well experienced, with harmony in the department and the promise of a highly successful administration.
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