Smith Chief at Troy, New York
Carl A. Smith was appointed Chief of the Troy, New York, Fire Department, following the retirement of Chief Cornelius Casey.
A veteran of World War I, serving with the United States Navy, Chief Smith has had a varied and colorful career since his appointment to the fire department on January 1, 1919.
Chief Smith became a lieutenant on April 28, 1932, and Captain on March 6, 1934. On October 4, 1935 he was appointed battalion chief.
He was instrumental in organizing Local 281 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, as well as many other locals in the nearby cities.
During one of his several terms as President of Local 281, Chief Smith instituted a loan association, whereby any member in good standing might borrow a substantial amount at a low rate of interest. Another feature inaugurated was a death benefit payable to the widow of a fireman, or the next of kin at the time of death. He was also successful in having the firemen’s pension laws changed.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Chief Smith attended the Army Chemical Warfare School at Edgewood Arsenal. On his return home, he set up a school, where he taught thousands of people to prepare against a gas or bombing attack by the enemy.
Photo by Kenneth Dyer
On January 18 he was guest of honor at a presentation dinner, at which he received a diamond studded badge as a token of the high esteem in which he is held by the members of the fire department.