Western Penn. Firemen Hold Convention

Western Penn. Firemen Hold Convention

The thirty-second annual convention of the Western Foremen’s Association was brought to a close on August 15 at New Brighton, Pa. A camp was established in Brady’s Run for the visitors.

The convention was opened by George E. Dietrich of Monaca, president of the Beaver County Firemen’s Association, and the address of welcome was made by George A. Baldwin, president of Beaver Valley; the response was made by J. A. Cypher of Connellsville, president of the association.

Rev. J. W. Schell of Beaver Falls conducted the memorial services for nineteen deceased members of the association including the late Chiefs Howard Dowdell of Meadville and Gustave Schaaf of Donora. Mr. Lowers was unanimously elected president for the coming year. A feature of the closing of the convention was the selection of a girl in the popularity contest to be crowned “Miss Beaver Valley.”

Springfield, Ill., Pumper Overturned in Collision With Ford Truck The Seagrave 350-gal. triple combination car of Engine Company No. 6, Springfield fire department, was overturned in the yard of a private residence, after being in collision with a Ford truck, while answering an alarm on August 5. In spite of this fact the only damage to the pumper was front axle bent, broken ladders, hose reel and radiator cap. The driver of the Ford truck became confused when Engine Co. 7 passed him going to the fire, and did not see or hear No. 6 car bearing down upon him. As it passed, he veered outward and the left front wheel of the truck struck the right front wheel of the apparatus. The sudden veering of the pumper to avoid the truck sent it careening up on to the sidewalk, from where it dashed onto the lawn and overturned. By a miracle the three men injured were not crushed to death under the heavy apparatus. The position of the wheels of the pumper as it turned over kept the full weight from resting on the men’s bodies, and none was seriously injured. The alarm which brought the apparatus out was a false one.

Yakima, Wash., Conducting Tests—Plans have been made to test the chances of obtaining an adequate supply from the wells for the city’s proposed new water works system.

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