New Chief Appointed for Bridgeport
At a meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners at Bridgeport, Conn., held on June 11. Assistant Chief Thomas F. Burns, a veteran member of the fire fighting force in that city, was made chief of the department to fill the vacancy caused by the retitrement of Chief Daniel E. Johnson. The commission also filled other vacancies due to the advancement of Assistant Chief Burns.
Captain Arthur T. Platt of Engine Company No. 6 was promoted to the office of assistant chief; Lieutenant Thomas J. O’I wary was advanced to a captaincy and Hoseman Philip Thompson was awarded a lieutenant’s rating. Chief Burns has been a member of the Bridgeport fire department for the past 33 years. He was appointed a call man on June 25, 1805, and given a permanent berth February 10, 1896. His first assignment was at Engine Company No. 4 on Madison avenue as driver. He was promoted to a captaincy on April 16, 1908, On May 17. 1916, he was advanced to the office of second assistant chief and stationed at Engine House No. 6 in East Bridgeport. The new head of the Bridgeport department is 54 years old. He was born in Bridgeport on February 12, 1874. When 21 years old, he was appointed in the department and completed twenty years service with No. 4 Company before being elevated to a permanent assignment as assistant chief. Mr. Burns’ appointment was heartily received by the entire Bridgeport fire department membership.