Unusual Pension Case at Washington
Whether under the law a Washington, D. C., fireman is entitled to the benefits of the pension fund if he is suffering from a disease contracted before he became a fireman but in part aggravated by his fire duties, is a question to be determined by the Corporation Counsel in connection with the case of W. A. Schwerdtfeger, of Engine 6, one of the men injured in the fire at the American 5 and 10 Cent Store. December 24. Following an examination by the fire surgeon, Schwerdtfeger was ordered to show cause within ten days, why he should not be retired without hearing: or pension. Schwerdtfeger replied by applying for a pension, and was ordered to appear before a pension board, which recommended that he be given a pension of $50 a month. A New York expert on nervous diseases testified that the disease from which Schwerdtfeger is suffering was aggravated by his experience in the December 24 fire in connection with his other duties as a fireman.