Needham Firemen Win Sharpshooting Badges
Sixteen Needham, Mass., firemen, the first fire department in the United States to have every one of the members of the permanent department awarded a revolver sharpshooter’s badge as a result of their training for home defense, were recently presented their badges by Harry J. Robinson, Executive Vice-President of the New England Police Revolver League.
Early last winter. Chief Richard M. Salamone of the Fire Department had his firemen begin a course of instruction in the art of revolver shooting. Two local residents, both expert revolver shots, voluntered as instructors. They are Dr. Harold D. Pullen, a dentist, and Clifford L. Heald, a Boston Elevated Railway official, who gave the firemen a complete course in the use of the revolver in the modern range of the Needham Police Station by arrangement with Chief Thomas Welch, who assisted in the instruction.
In addition to Chief Salamone, the Needham firemen who completed the course were Deputy Chief John A. Keith, Captain Walter M. Mullen, Lieutenants Sidney P. Brearty and Leo C. Brady, Chief’s Aide Harold T. Vincent and Privates Samuel Smith, George F. Coombs, John Cotter. Everett Brown Carl R. Parker, John A. Rhynd, Warren M. Parker, Timothy Coughlin, Frank W. Scotton and William B. Colter.