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Catalog Number 2005.004.035
Object Name Resolution
Title Record of John Kendall, A Member of the Old Volunteer Fire Department at the Time of the Organization of the Present Detroit Fire Department in 1865
Scope & Content Resolution printed on cardstock in script with an ornate red and gold header, honoring Detroit Fire Department Chief John Kendall upon his retirement. The document lists positions he's held, bears a gold adhesive seal of the Fire Commission of the city of Detroit, and is signed by fire commissioners Fred T. Moran, William V. Moore, Sauborn T. McGraw, and Paul F. Bagley, as well as secretary George W. Stockwell. The document reads:

June 27, 1865 Appointed fireman No. 5
Aug. 7, 1871 Promoted to Foreman Truck 2
April 1, 1882 Transferred to Truck 1
Jan. 20, 1883 Detailed as acting district engineer
June 25, 1885 Promoted to District Engineer, to date from Jan. 1 1883
Feb. 9, 1895 Promoted to Assistant Chief of Department
Sept. 12, 1898 Appointed Chief of Department to date from Sept. 16
Dec. 10, 1906 Placed on Retired List to Date from Jan. 1, 1907

The record of Chief Kendall is one which may well be a source of pride to our department.

It shows the sterling qualities and abilities of the man, his faithful performance of duty and his rugged honest of purpose. No one can make such a record without possessing all the qualities which go to make up a brave, strong man. It is such me who furnish the stability of our service and make our Department a credit to our beautiful city.

In granting the request of Chief Kendall for retirement, the Commission yields to a physical necessity. We feel that we have lost a loyal member of the Department, and that our City will miss a faithful public servant.

Resolved, that we grant the request of Chief Kendall with sincere regret and wish him many happy years free from all the worries and cares of life.

Fred T. Moran
Wm. V. Moore
Sauborn T. McGraw
Paul F. Bagley

G.W. Stockwell
Date 1906
People Kendall, John
Extent of Description 14.5" x 19.5"
Collection Fire Department
Search Terms Detroit Fire Department