Providence Pensioned Firemen’s Association
The recently organized Pensioned Firemen’s Association of Providence, R. I., formed for social and beneficial purposes, consists of members of the Prividence fire department who have been retired by pension and who pledge tehmeslves to aid and assist their community in time of peril from conflagration,and by occasional meetings to foster good will and friendly intercourse. There arc at the present time 47 names on the pension rolls of the department, and of these about 25 have become members of the new association. Provision is made for the election of honorary members who shall be ex-members of the Providence fire department, and Captain James M. Baker, Captain Walter Vaughan and Captain Herbert D. Kelly have been elected under this head. The association is not intended in any manner to detract from or interfere with the interests and purposes of the Providence Veteran Firemen’s Association, which was formed January 11, 1881, and now has a membership of nearly 500, or of the Survivors of the Volunteer Fire Department of Providence, organized May 8, 1895. The latter, as its name implies, consists only of such men as were members of the old volunteer fire department, which passed out of existence March 1, 1854. Its mmbership now consists of only about half a dozen, all of whom have passed their four score years. The material interests of the active members of the Providence fire department are carefully safeguarded through the Providence Permanent Firemen’s Relief Association, while their social interests are in the hands of what is known as The Fearless Club, which was organized about two years ago and has rooms in the Jackson building, corner of Westminster and Jackson streets.