The New Chief of Indianapolis
Mayor Samuel L. Shank of Indianapolis, Ind., shortly after his election announced that he would appoint Battalion Chief John J. O’Brien as head of the fire department of Indianapolis. The further appointments as announced by M r. Shank were the present chief, John C. Loucks, as first assistant chief, and Battalion Chief John Blackwell as first assistant chief to work opposite Chief Loucks. Since that time Chief Loucks has tendered his resignation to the board of public safety to become effective on January 1. He will devote his time to the Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association, of which he is the president Chieif O’Brien, who takes command on January 1 and whose portrait is presented herewith, was appointed to the fire department of Indianapolis on April 11, 1891, and was promoted to the rank of captain on November 15, 1896. Chief O’Brien is said to be popular with the members of the department and he has expressed his intention to keep it up to the high standard of efficiency it has attained under Chief Loucks’ guidance. The eight battalion chiefs to be named by the new administration are: Chief Hoyl (now first assistant chief); Chief Johnson, Chief Petty, Chief Hutsell, the last three named now hold the rank of battalion chief, and the promotion of Captains Kennedy, Albrecht, Dugan and Cochran to that of battalion chief.
Edwin H. Beck, who was to succeed Chief Hilkene, head of the Fire Prevention Bureau, died suddenly at his home on East Washington Street, December 11. Mr. Beck was to receive the appointment January 1. Mayor-elect Shank said he would offer the appointment to Fred S. Beck, a brother. The removal of Chief Hilkene brings much regret to members throughout the fire department, as the bureau was organized under his direction has made much progress, and has cooperated splendidly with the public schools and Chamber of Commerce.