THE LATE CHIEF M’ADAM.
Henry W. McAdam, former chief instructor of the New York city fire department, died in the Presbyterian hospital on the night of April 27 from the effects of an apopleptic stroke, with which he was seized on the evening of March 29, while standing on the street conversing with a friend. He was at once removed to his home, and three days later was taken to the hospital. He never recovered consciousness. Nor did he know of the death of his wife after undergoing a serious operation in the French hospital and that of his daughter from consumption -making three deaths in the family within ten days. Chief McAdam entered the fire department as a private on September 18, 1K74. On November i, 1881, he was promoted to the rank of assistant foreman, becoming foreman on May 23, 1883. On June t, 1897, lie was appointed chief instructor a position which he held till his retirement from the service in i93As chief instructor, his rank was that of a battalion chief. As to his skill as a trainer of men in athletic exercises and especially in those pertaining to life-saving, it may be said without fear of contradiction, that Chief McAdam had no equal in the American continent, probably not in the world; and chiefs, assistant chiefs and firemen from all parts of the United States availed themselves personally of his course of instruction, so that he may justly be said to have founded a model school, whose pupils are handing down his system to posterity. As such, his name and fame will live. Chief McAdam, who was practically the originator of the life-saving corps, was a man of powerful physique, a magnificent athlete, as tithe and active as a leopard, and a strict disciplinarian, who was not content till he had made his men perfect in every sort of work, pompier, climbing, leaping from a height with the life-nets, rescue work of all kinds. After they had completed their course they were turned out fully equipped for every emergency in that particular line. In addition to hi abilities as an instructor the deceased chief was the inventor of many appliances for life-saving and fire service that are in use on the hook and ladder trucks, and, after he had left the service of the city, became well known to the public as the director in charge of the production “Fire and Flames” in Luna Park, Coney Island, during the season of 1904. Personally, Chief McAdam was a wholesouled, genial man, who made many friends during his career in the city’s fire department. By these as by his surviving relatives he will be greatly missed.