Statue of Chief Kruger Unveiled.
Friends of the late Charles W. Kruger, who was deputy chief in the fire department, assembled at Woodlawn cemetery on Sunday afternoon, May 24, to witness the unveiling of a monument which was erected in his honor by voluntary subscriptions. It was formally presented to the Kruger family by Stephen I. Hannigan. The bronze bust of Chief Kruger was unveiled by Miss Anna M. Monaghan, twelve years old. It is life size and rests upon a square marble column about 6 ft. high. The artist, Frederick Blaschke, lives in this city and his portraiture of the deceased chief is very fine. The artist has represented the chief in the uniform of the department, and on the left breast of the coat the Stephenson medal is shown. This simple inscription is on the base of the bronze part of the monument in small letters: “Deputy Chief Charles W. Kruger, Fire Department, New York. Killed in the discharge of duty, February 14, 1908. Dedicated to his memory by his friends.” A eulogy was pronounced by the Rev. Robert B. Kimber. “He was a man” was the spirit of the address, and the burden of the comment indulged in by friends of the deputy chief who lingered around the monument after the ceremonies w’ere over. Among those present were a full attendance oi the Rip Saw club; Mrs. Charles W. Kruger, with her two sons and daughters; Battalion Chiefs Hayes, Norton. Short and Kane, and Captains Devanney and Sullivan.