Lieutenant Joe Webber.

Lieutenant Joe Webber.

It is seldom a young fireman jumps suddenly to the front without some special cause. This was not the case, however, with Lieutenant Joseph Webber, of Boston, whose personality alone was the lever that raised him in the estimation of his superior officers and created for him a host of friends, Lewis Webber, his father, one of the great chiefs of the country, placed him in the Boston fire service as an ordinary fireman when only a boy and he soon proved himself a very clever and competent man around headquarters. His ambition for progress, however, made him accept a position as a representative of the Cornelius Callahan Company, of Boston, and again his agreeable personality assisted in bringing about his success in that position. After some time he rejoined the Boston department and soon thereafter was located at headquarters on West street, where the largest amount of fire apparatus is housed. With his promotion to lieutenant and aide to Chief Mullen, which followed, he proved a great success and in a short time he became an expert chauffeur, which ensured the chief’s arrival first at all important fires. Again, another opportunity presented itself in a more extended field, and Lieutenant Webber decided to resign and accept a position with the American-La France Fire Engine Company, in New York, his duties commencing with a territory covering New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and a part of Virginia. At the last meeting of the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs’ Club, Chief Mullen was much overcome when he said: “The parting between this capable, trustworthy and honest young man and myself will come hard. He is the son of one of the best friends I had, one of the greatest fire chiefs of the country. All I can say is that I wish him luck. May God speed him.” It will, without doubt, be proven that the American-La France Fire Engine Company has made a judicious selection by taking into its service a very competent, obliging, sincere and trustworthy young man, with sufficient business experience and good, common sense to make a mark for himself and a successful representative with those he will come in contact.

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