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Chief John Alderson Cited by Insurance Men

Chief Engineer John H. Alderson of the Los Angeles Fire Department was honored by the Insurance Association of Los Angeles on Sept. 2 in recognition of his 32 years of service.

A. N. Bushnell, Jr., and H. M. Burgwald, Jr., president and vice-president respectively of the association, presented Chief Alderson with a resolution commending the excellence of his service to the city.

Chief John Alderson (center) receives resolution of commendation from President A. N. Bushnell, Jr., (left) and Vice President H. M. Burgwald, Jr., (right) of the Insurance Association of Los Angeles.

The resolution noted that during the past 15-year period of the Los Angeles Fire Department, it has been upgraded by the National Board of Fire Underwriters from a Class 3 to a Class 1 Department.

“Through his efforts, initiative and vision,” said the resolution, “the citizens of the city of Los Angeles have received untold benefits through the saving of life and limb and the reduction in property loss and fire insurance rates.

“He has carried his knowledge and ability into the international fields of fire prevention and fire fighting practices through his presidency of the Pacific Coast-Intermountain Association of Fire Chiefs, his presidency of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and as a member of the Governor’s State Disaster Council.”

Portland's Chief Grenfell Gets Gifts at Honorary Banquet Presentation of an outboard motor to Fire Chief Edward Grenfell of Portland, Ore., on Edward Grenfell Day, at the luncheon given by the Junior Chamber of Commerce honoring his 50 years of service in the fire department. Former Portland Fire Prevention Chief, Jay W. Stevens, guest speaker, watches as his former mate and long-time friend acknowledges this and other gifts.

The resolution concluded by commending Chief Alderson “for his development of the Los Angeles Fire Department into the position it occupies today as the outstanding fire department in the United States.”

Father O’Callaghan New LAFD Chaplain

The Rev. Michael O’Callaghan, assistant pastor of St. Vibiana’s Church in Los Angeles, has been appointed Catholic chaplain of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Father O’Callaghan succeeds the Rev. John Sammon who has been assigned new duties in Santa Monica, Calif., by James Francis Cardinal McIntyre.

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