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Catalog Number 1935.029.001
Object Name Proclamation
Title Tribute to James C. Broderick, Fire Chief
Scope & Content Document containing a portion of a transcript of the minutes of the Fire Commission of Detroit, consisting of a tribute to retiring fire chief James C. Broderick, handwritten in a blackletter typeface on parchment. It bears the signatures of William J. Chittenden, Jr., Thomas J. Rosquett, Charles F. Clippert, and A.A. Shcantz. The parchment is mounted on linen. The document reads:

Tribute to James C. Broderick, Fire Chief
Detroit, Michigan, Sept. 1st 1917

Representing not only the Citizens of Detroit, but feeling certain that we are voicing the sentiments and acting on behalf of our predecessors, We, the Fire Commission of Detroit, direct the Secretary to spread upon the minutes of this evening, the following expression of mingled regret and pleasure in the voluntary retirement of James C. Broderick, Chief, Detroit Fire Department.

We express regret when we consider your honorable and unblemished record of fifty years of continuous service as a fireman and officer. Your work during that span of years included every department and branch of the service. You were called from each, only to assume more difficult and more responsible duties. Your keen insight, your personally unselfish response to duty, your thorough study and understanding of men and the department's requirements, your spirit of liberality and benevolence in dealing with others, your absolute integrity and your unfailing courage, all combined to make you the ideal Fire Chief. These qualities were known to your men and to your few intimates, far better than to our Citizens, for with it all you have that rare quality of feeling that duty well done is ample reward. Publicity makes no appeal to you, always shunning and never inviting it.

It is our pleasure to express to you in person and to spread upon these Minutes, our knowledge of your many virtues and enviably record. We know that you are laying aside your duties only because you feel that you have well earned a rest. We hope that Divine Providence, Who shapes and controls the future of all men, will smooth your pathway, and will bless it with a most liberal apportionment of good health and happiness for many years.

Board of Fire Commissioners of Detroit.
W.J. Chittenden, Jr.
Thomas J. Rosquett
Charles F. Clippert
A.A. Shcantz
Date 1917
People Broderick, James C.
Extent of Description 15" x 20"
Collection Fire Department
Search Terms Detroit Fire Department