Loving Cup to Ex-Chief I. F. Pearce
Ex-Chief I. F. Pearce, who recently retired as head of the fire department of Columbus, Ga., was presented, one day last week, with a silver loving cup by the members of the department. The presentation was made at the home of former Chief Pearce by Chief Land, who succeeded him as head of the department, and Aiderman Charles Lawrence, chairman of the committee on fire department of the city council. The cup bore the inscription: “Presented to Chief I. F. Pearce by the members of the Columbus Fire Deparement on his retirement from the department after twenty-three and a half years of continuous and distinguished service as a token of their esteem for him as a man and in appreciation of his splendid ability as an executive officer and fire chief, March 1, 1917.” Chief Land took the large and handsome silver loving cup from its covering and Alderman Lawrence stated that he had been requested as chairman of the committee on fire department of the city council to present the cup. His long association with Chief Pearce in their respective official capacities and as a friend had been close and intimate. He knew well the faithful and efficient services which the retiring head of the fire department had rendered the city, and he felt that no one was in better position to appreciate these services than the members of the fire committee and the men of the department who served along with him, some of them for a number of years. Chief Pearce in accepting the cup said that he appreciated it more than it was possible for him to express. It was not so much the intrinsic value of the cup, although it was a handsome one. but the spirit which prompted those who gave it that he most valued. He would always cherish it as among the most high prized of his possessions and he felt sure that it would be a source of pardonable pride to his wife and children. Chief Land assured the retiring chief that he possessed the highest regard as an executive officer and the warmest friendship as a man of every member of the fire department, and they had all heartily joined in contributing to present him with the loving cup as a lasting evidence of their appreciation of bis ability as an officer and fire fighter and their strong attachment to him as a friend.