Macon Firemen Dismissed for Incompetency
Three firemen were recently dismissed from the fire department in Macon, Ga., by Chief Walter S. Blanton, under direction of the Fire Committee of the City Council. The men were arraigned before the committee charged by Chief Blanton with incompetency, insubordination and lack of energy in the performance of duty. In several specific instances they were accused of refusing to respond to fire alarms, and taking part in fighting fires. The Fire Committee was represented at the trial by the City Attorney, but the accused were without counsel, and offered no defense except their personal statements, which did not carry weight with the city authorities.