RETIREMENT OF CHIEF BYRON.
After a long and faithful service of many years, Chief Patrick Byron, of the Troy, N. Y., fire department. has retired. He was elected to that office over fifteen years ago as the successor of Chief Lansing Lane, and during that time has done much to increase the efficiency of the Troy department and to insure the better protection of that city against fire. He was under a grave responsibility when he became chief engineer, as the city is one in which the manufacturing and laundry interests are very strong and call not only for in cessant watchfulness on the part of the fire chief, but, also, great efficiency on that of his officers and men. To each feature he was thoroughly alive, and, the better to qualify himself for his work, he was a diligent student of the best methods of fire-extinguishment, a thorough disciplinarian and a man full of determination and pluck. He was looked upon as one of the best firemen in the State, if not in the country, and his methods while at the head of the Troy department, which is volunteer, were such as to command the confidence both of his fellow citizens and his subordi nates—a confidence grounded on the comparative ly small fire-loss that the records of such an important manufacturing and commercial city showed during his tenure of office. Chief Byron is a member, and has been a State vicepresident of the International Association of Fire Engi ueers. of whose conventions he was a constant at tendant. He is also a member from the beginninG of the New York State Fire Chiefs’ association. At the conventions of both associations his words and experiences were always listened to with the most respectful attention. Chief Byron goes into a well-earned retirement followed by the be~t wishes of all with whom he has ever come intimately in contact.