New Physical Instructor for Hartford Firemen
Veteran firemen who have followed the boxing game during the past twenty or twenty-five years, will immediately recognize the man pictured with this story. He is Jimmy Nelson, lightweight boxer. Although never an out-an-out champion, Nelson fought many hard battles with the topnotchers. “Professor Jim,” as he is now called, is serving as physical instructor of the Hartford. Conn., fire department. While considerable water has gone down the river since Nelson was in his prime, today finds the same “jimmy” Nelson, as athletically inclined as ever.
The Hartford firemen are loud in their praise of the veteran’s work, and Chief John C. Moran and his deputies have been quick to recognize its value in keeping the men physically fit for the arduous duties they are called upon to perform. Nelson’s work of instruction is composed mostly of calisthenics. Classes of firemen from the various fire houses at Hartford are called upon to go through running, jumping, hag punching, lifting weights, boxing—in fact everything that will aid the men in keeping in first class condition. Certain hours during the day have been allotted to the men for the work. “I have had great success with the men,” says Professor Nelson, “and they are a wonderful set to work with. It is a great pleasure to watch them go through the various stunts that I have arranged. Chief Moran is pleased with the vim the men have shown in the calisthenics school. Many business men about the city have taken a deep interest in the innovation and stop at the fire stations to sec the men in action.”