John A. "Bob" Boyd   

November  3, 1870  -  August 4, 1923 at age 53  


Born :   in Galveston, Texas               
Entered Fire Department :
Duty :
First Assistant  Chief at Central Station 
Buried :
Holy Cross Cemetery, Section H, Plot 71 1

Bob Boyd entered into the paid ranks of the Houston Fire Department after serving as a volunteer with the Stonewall 3 Company from 1887 to 1895. In 1919 he left the fire service to work as trainman on the Southern Pacific Railroad. In May 1923, Chief Roxy Ollre of the Houston Fire Department became angered at the two Assistant Chiefs and demoted both of them to the rank of Fire Fighter. Chief Ollre then contacted Bob Boyd and persuaded him to return to the service of the fire department as an Assistant Chief, the same rank as when he left in 1919. In the early afternoon of August 4, 1923, Chief Boyd was killed while riding Chemical 1when it hit a telephone pole while trying to avoid a collision with an auto at the intersection of Congress and Hamilton. Chemical 1 was answering an alarm at Schrimpt Alley Street where a serious fire was in progress. It is interesting to note that Chief Boyd, who served the Houston Fire Department for over thirty-five years, was scheduled to go on vacation leave just two days after the accident occurred.

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