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SHAWNEE COUNTY, KANSAS

FIRE & LAW DEPARTMENTS

The following information was taken from the 1928 Colored Directory for Topeka, Kansas

IN POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS

City Fire Station No. 3, 312 to 314 Jackson, housing two companies, namely the Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, and combination Hose, Chemical and Pumper Co. No. 3 was organized in 1882. This company has been officed by colored men ever since organized. This company is rated among the highest in Kansas for efficiency and promptness and can be readily depended upon for any call in their district for combating any kind of blase. The officers and seniority list are:

Lewis Knott

Captain

J. W. Washington

Senior Lieutenant

J. W. Thompson

Lieutenant

W. M. Hatcher

Lieutenant

Wm. Franzier  
Sam McCoombs  
U.S. Grant  
R. H. Thompson  
C. A. Jackson  
Joe Walker  
C. E. Bledsoe  
Fred Harrison  
Louis Napue  
Clarence S. Foster  
Alex Parks  
Clarence J. Tyler  
Scoot Blecher

night boy

The City of Topeka has four of our group on the police force. Mr. Kirk K. Pinkston, one of the pioneer citizens of Topeka and one of the oldest members of the police service, has been patrolman for the past 33 years. He has figured and helped to solve many notable crimes while in the service. Mr. Frank Kinney, another patrolman who has now been on the force for the past 8 years, has run down many baffling crimes during his service as a police officer. Jack Johnson, who has been on the force a year and up to all expectations is making good as an officer and Alex Alexander, who is mechanic and working extra as plain-clothes man, and according to the chief, each one is giving the best of service.

Leonard King, who has been a resident of Topeka the past twenty years and is a member of the police Department in the capacity as city detective has been a terror to evil doers in Topeka and vicinity and has ferreted out many difficult cases of murder, burglary etc., and placed the criminals behind the prison bars. He is truly an asset to the department.

Note - as we go to press for some reason unknown to the publishers, Leonard King has been suspended from the police department.



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