Staten Island Boosts Chief Spencer
For twelve years, Battalion Chief John Spencer of the New York Fire Department has been stationed on Staten Island and during that time he has often acted as deputy chief of the eighth division which covers Staten Island.
He has been in charge at a number of well known major fires. Chief Spencer was in charge the day the island had two large fires break out at about the same time, one at Midland Beach and the other at the old Medical Center in St. George. He was in charge of the spectacular fire that greatly damaged the St. George Gardens unit, and when Chief Kenlon came over from Manhattan to take charge, he commended the good work of Chief Spencer.
A rather lengthy editorial appears in a recent issue of the Staten Island Herald praising the excellent record of the battalion chief who is now listed as number two on the waiting list for appointment as deputy chief. The editorial states, “We hope that every Staten Islander is pulling for Chief Spencer as hard as we are.”