Recollections of Chief Casey.
The Massachusetts Fire Chief’s Club held its first meeting for the present season on October 20, at Copley Square hotel, Boston. A good portion of the time was devoted to “Recollections of Tim Casey.” Appropriate resolutions were drawn in honor of Chief Casey’s memory, but no formel statement could be half so eloquent of the regard in which the deceased was held as the spontaneous voicing of the emotions of those present.
Of those who spoke none felt the loss of Chief Casey with more keenness than Chief James R. Hopkins, of Somerville, president of the club. The bond of union between these two has long been admired in Massachusetts lire circles. The two chiefs played together as boys and later, as they grew up, both became apprenticed to the same business and afterward began their career as firemen, a calling for which, as mere lads, they had cherished. In time it came about that they rose to be chief engineers in their neighboring cities. Somerville, where Chief Hopkins still commands, and Cambridge, where the late Chief Casey for twenty-five years was head. These cities are so situated that the friendship existing between them was often practically shown when assistance was needed in case of fire tear the boundary lines. The two came to be known to all Massachusetts fire men as “Tom” and “Jimmy.” and so general was the notion of their com radeship abroad that the two names were always linked when one or the other was mentioned. Other than Chief Hopkins to speak of his fallen comrade were Chief Bunker, of Cambridge, who was with Chief Casey, and who replaced him. and also Chiefs Duval, of Fall River, and Johnson of Waltham.
Fred. A. Cheney, of Haverhill, one of the oldest members of the association. and for It) years one of the State commission in charge of the firemen’s relief fund, was missing from the meeting. Death had claimed him two weeks before. The announcement of his passing caused universal sorrow, and a committee was appointed to draw up resolutions and arrange for memorial exercises at the November session, lie rarely missed a meeting of the chiefs’ club, and in his 1!) years of membership on the State commission never absented himself from a meeting.