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Fire Chief
Fire Chief
TitleFire Chief
DescriptionPostcard of Alex Henderson, then first assistant fire chief, at the wheel of the first automotive fire aparatus used in Kansas City
Historical ArticleAlex Henderson, then first assistant fire chief, is shown at the right-hand-drive wheel of the first automotive fire aparatus used in Kansas City, a Pope Hartford roadster, a chief's car. William Cody Pahlman, his driver, sits beside him.

The car went into service September 1, 1909; before that, Pahlman remembers, he drove the chief to fires in a horse-drawn buggy.

In 1916 the first promotion for bravery ever awarded by the fire and water board was a captaincy to Lieutenant Pahlman for saving the lives of three persons overcome by smoke in a fire near Fourteenth and Main streets. Alex Henderson became chief of the fire department in 1918.

This postcard was printed by North American Post Card company of Kansas City, for the Pope-Hartford company.

Kansas City Star
February 24, 1968

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
Local SubjectFire Stations
Cars
Firefighters
Fire Trucks
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000004
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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