W. E. Parker Honored by Chiefs
William E. Parker, Chief of Fire Department, Monterey, Cal., observed his forty-fifth anniversary as head of the department. He was recently tendered a dinner by more than two hundred of his friends.
At the dinner were Mrs.Mary Parker King, mother of the Chief; Lee and Ralph Parker, his sons; a number of city officials; Mike Lynch,
Ottis Mantor and Grant Towle, all of Monterey, charter members of the department with Chief Parker, and Henry Friedman, Burlingame, another charter member.
A group of treasured gifts presented to him during his long career were on display at the fire house. The items included a badge presented to him in 1915, on his twentyfifth anniversary as Chief, and a gold watch which he received in September, 1924, for his work in fighting an oil fire. In 1926, members of the deparement gave him an automobile roadster for his personal use, in connection with his department work.
Chief Parker is the first Chief of Monterey and he has held that post without interruption ever since.