Pennsylvania Firemen Convene in Lancaster

Pennsylvania Firemen Convene in Lancaster

More than three hundred persons attended a banquet on Monday evening which was a pre-convention event for the annual gathering of the Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association held in Lancaster, Pa., October 4-6.

The first session of the fifty-third convention opened with an unexpected contest for the office of President. Mayor Metzger, in welcoming the visitors, praised the record of Chief Frank Decn in charge of the Lancaster Fire Department, and the Chief responded by lauding the firemen’s association.

The new officers are Millard M. Tawney, Chief of Harrisburg, President; John H. Lauderbaugh, Pittsburgh, First Vice-President; John B. Musser, Barnesboro, Second VicePresident; Charles L. Wilson. Dunmore, Third Vice-President; Chief L. Ellis Wagner, York, Fourth Vice-President; Rev. Charles M. Nichols, Pottsville, Chaplain. Charles E. Clark of Wayne is Secretary and Oliver T. Weaber, Allentown, Treasurer.

Inspecting the Gevel Presented to Chief R. L. Smith The Pacific Coast Chiefs admiring the gavel presented to Chief Richard Lee Smith, newly elected President of the I. A. F. C., are left to right. Chiefs M. M. Mahoney, Kansas City; W. H. Gardner (Salvage Corps), Kansas City, Mo.; H. F. Morris, San Mateo, Cal.; W. P. Cooper, Richmond. Cal.; T. F. Cuff, Menlo Park, Cal.; J. T. O’Donnell (Salvage Corps), St. Louis, Mo., newly appointed Director.

In order to reduce the expenses of the association, the men voted to eliminate the printing of the annual proceedings until business conditions improve. Chief Deen announced that Lancaster would not claim the $3,500 that is usually set aside by the association for convention expenses. The money will be used to aid orphans and widows of firemen.

Rain halted the start of the firemen’s parade on Thursday, the last day of the convention, but the thousands who lined the streets had a chance to see the marching firemen. Special trains were run from York, Harrisburg and other points to bring people to Lancaster for the parade.

The 1933 convention will be held in Lock Haven.

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