What Chief Haney Is Thought of at Home

What Chief Haney Is Thought of at Home

The Jacksonville, Fla., Times-Union of recent date contained the following editorial:

“Chief Haney’s friends here—and they are the people of Jacksonville — read with pleasure the statement published in yesterday’s Times-Union that he had been elected president of the International Association of Fire Engineers. The honor paid our fire chief gives an added prominence to the city that has placed him in charge of its fire fighters. Those of us who have been here more than 20 years know what Jacksonville owes to Chief Haney. A score or more of years ago we had a fire department that was poorly equipped and inefficient. It was in charge of one of the finest gentlemen in Jacksonville, a man of high ability in other lines but inexperienced as a fire fighter. The people here realized the importance of a reorganization and re-equipment of the fire department, and sent to Atlanta and induced Chief Joyner, who then had the finest of reputations as a fire fighter, to come down and tell what the department needed and recommend a chief. He recommended Thomas W. Haney, one of his subordinates, and the choice was promptly made and never regretted. Chief Haney had a better opportunity than his predecessors to make a good showing; for, under his charge, the department has been much better equipped than it ever was before, but the superior equipment has been, in part, due to the confidence the people have in him. They are sure he knows what is needed and, subject only to the limitations imposed by the financial conditions of the city, he has gotten what he asked. Except for the great fire of 1901, the department under Chief Haney’s management has made a wonderful record, and that fire started under conditions such that no man on earth and no department on earth the size of that of Jacksonville could have checked it. The fire department is the pride of Jacksonville, and one of the most popular citizens of Jacksonville is the man who has done so much to put it in efficient condition.”

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