Praise For Chief O’Connor.

Praise For Chief O’Connor.

The New Orleans State thus speaks of Chief Thomas O’Connor, the head of that city’s fire department: “The name of Thomas O’Connor, the gallant chief of the fire department of New Orleans, is familiar in every household of the city, and he is known all over the country for his veteran service and his valor as a fighter of fire. Thomas O’Connor was a leader among the volunteer firemen of forty years ago. He is a native of New Orleans, and began his career as a volunteer fireman in 1863, when a youth. After serving six years as a private in the company, he was elected chief engineer by the board of delegates and served in that position until 1891, when the volunteers gave place to the paid fire department. When this change was made he was elected chief of the department, and has held that office with great credit and distinction to the present day. The department comprises 358 men; and there are 30 engine companies, 9 hook and ladder companies, 13 chemical companies, and 1 water tower. Under his able supervision all these are handled with perfect system and great efficiency.

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