Van Atta Chief of Kalamazoo

Van Atta Chief of Kalamazoo

J. Frank Van Atta

J. Frank Van Atta, was appointed Chief of the Fire Department at Kalamazoo, Mich., on April 1.

He was born in Albion, Mich, and went to Kalamazoo in 1908. He joined the department on May, 1912, as a driver of a hose wagon and was later transferred to the Central Station. Van Atta was later promoted to Lieutenant and Drillmaster. He was promoted to Captain in 1924, and after the death of the late Chief Russell. October 19, 1934, he was appointed Assistant Chief.

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