TRENTON’S NEW FIRE CHIEF.
Charles S. Allen, who, since the organization of the paid fire department,of Trenton, N. J .,nine years ago,has been first assistant chief engineer, and one of its most efficient officers, has just been elected by the unanimous vote of the fire board to the chieftaincy of the department, succeeding the late Chief William McGill. His successor as first assistant chief has not yet been appointed.
Chief Allen, who is forty-five years old, was bom in Morrisville, Pa., and came to Trenton when he was fifteen years of age. He learned the machinist’s trade and worked for four years with B. Gill & Son, manufacturers of agricultural implements, in Trenton. He was for a time in the employ of William Dolton & Co., and later was shipping clerk first to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad company and afterwards to the Pennsylvania Railroad company, where he remained for nine years. For ten years Chief Allen was connected actively with the volunteer fire department as a member of the Hand-in-Hand company. He was elected first assistant chief when the paid department was organized in April, 1898. In his capacity as a public officer Chief Allen has been zealous, attentive to duty, and conscientious; as a fireman he has shown clear and ready judgment, fearlessness, and most commendable devotion to the interests of the .city. His election to the chieftancy is a deserved recognition of his past sendees.