New York, NY Ambulance Hits Fire Chief, Apr 1914


Runs On to Fire Afoot While His Driver Is Righting Rig.

Acting Fire Chief George J. Fox of the Eighth Battalion and his driver, Patrick Donahue, were driving at a fast rate of speed from the headquarters at Fiftieth Street and Lexington Avenue to a fire at Fiftieth Street and Eighth Avenue last night when their wagon was run down by an automobile ambulance which was going north on Fifth Avenue. Chief Fox and Donahue were thrown to the street, but escaped serious injury. The Chief picked himself up and hurried on a run to the fire. Donahue clung to the reins and brought his horse to a stop after being dragged twenty feet.

The ambulance, which was driven by Arthur F. Jones of 117 Waverly Place, was thrown against the steps leading to St. Patrick's Cathedral by the force of the collision. Jones was arrested by Patrolman Clark of the East Fifty-first Street Police Station on a charge of reckless driving. Chief Fox asserted that he had said that Jones was going at a lively clip.

The fire was in a garage at 237 West Fiftieth Street and was soon under control. Chief Fox and Donahue, who suffered slight contusions, were treated by Dr. Reece, a surgeon of the Fire Department.

The New York Times, New York, NY 27 Apr 1914