Los Angeles Fire Department
LIPS AND HIS BADGE
Chief and the Fine Diamond Emblem With
Which He Was Presented as Reward for Service.
CRAZE FOR DIAMOND
Mayor McAleer makes Presentation With Words of Praise for Faithful Service
of the Fire Department Head.
Gold badges set with diamonds appear to
be a craze in Los Angeles.
months or so ago members of the police department by subscription raised
enough money to buy an elaborate badge having a pure white diamond in the
center for Chief of Police Walter Auble. It looked so pretty and
attracted so much attention the result was the purchase of another diamond
star for Paul Flammer, captain of the detective squad.
Those two officials have been the envy of police
officials in all parts of the country. Diamond rings and watches set
with diamonds have been in order in other cities.
Yesterday the diamond badge craze spread to the fire
department and Chief Walter Lips was presented with a medal which outshines
those previously presented to Chief Auble and Captain Paul Flammer.
Brother firemen told him that he could do away with the lanterns on his
buggy in the future.
Mayor McAleer presented the badge to Chief Lips at the
meeting of the Fire Commission yesterday morning. Assistant
Chief McDonald and a half dozen other officers were present. Mayor
McAleer called attention to the fact that Chief Lips entered the department
as a hoseman and by his own energy, brains, honesty and carefulness had
arisen to the highest appointment in the department.
He said he had no one to thank except himself and should
be proud of the success he had attained, for the city is proud of him.
He has been a faithful servant of the public, and political pull had nothing
to do with his promotion.
Surprised, his face flushed and smiling, the chief rose
to thank his superiors. He accepted the badge with a promise to remain
in the future as he has been in the past, fair to the men under him and
obedient to the people whom he serves.
If the craze continues to spread, motormen, railroad
conductors, theater attaches and letter carriers may be wearing diamond
badges ere long.
The Los Angeles
Express, April 7, 1906
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