Workmen Saved by Apparatus Test
Twenty-five men working under a church in Greene, Ia., owe their lives to the chance that prompted the Fire Department to test its new apparatus at a playground near the church.
The building had been raised on large jacks to make it possible to construct a basement. When the apparatus rolled into the playground, the men left their work to watch the demonstration. Shortly afterwards the whole bracing structure of the church collapsed. The rear of the church crumbled into the excavation, and the steeple which is over one hundred feet high, was thrown over thirty degrees from the perpendicular.
Ex-Chief Kopf of Highland Falls, N. Y. Dead—John B. Kopf, forty years old. formerly chief of the department in Highland Falls, N. Y., died February 23.
Ahrens-Fox Opens Chicago Sales Office—The AhrensFox Fire Engine Company announces the opening of a district sales office at 1530 Burnham Building, Chicago. It will be in charge of James DeCourcy. who will handle sales matters in the territory made up of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Firemen Discharged by Railroad, Reinstated—A volunteer fireman who was also an employee of the West Shore Railroad, was discharged because after working at a fire, he reported late to work. The New Jersey and New York Firemen’s Association protested such action and a letter was received from the Division Engineer of the railroad saying that the railroad had made a complete investigation and that the fireman had been reinstated in the railroad’s employ.