Welch Chief of Columbus, Ohio
Edward P. Welch has been appointed Chief of the Columbus, Ohio, Fire Department, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Chief Allen E. Nice who resigned on January 1.
Chief Welch was born in Columbus, April 29, 1891, and was educated in the local schools. He served an apprenticeship as machinist in the shops of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.
He entered the Fire Department May 4, 1913, and served as fireman for 1 1/2 years. Welch was then detailed to the mechanical department where he served for eight years.
When the World War broke, he joined the U. S. Army on September 5, 1917. and was assigned to a fire company at Camp Sherman, Ohio. He was later commissioned as Lieutenant and transferred to Fort Sill, Okla., as commanding officer of the fire company. Upon his discharge from the Army, he returned to the Columbus Fire Department, April 1, 1919. He was advanced to Lieutenant in 1923 and to Captain in 1926. Chief Welch is married and has five children.