Biography of Bernard J. McConnell

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McConnell, Bernard J., Buffalo. chief of the Buffalo Fire Department, is one of a family of four sons and six daughters of Michael and Mary (Dorran) McConnell, natives of Ireland, and was born in Buffalo, N. Y., January 1, 1850. Michael McConnell came to America and located in Buffalo in 1823, when he was eighteen years of age, and afterward returned to Ireland, married Mary Dorran, and brought her to his new home. He finally settled on a farm in West Seneca, where he died in 1872, aged sixty-seven. In politics he was a Democrat. Bernard J. McConnell attended public school No. 4 and remained on the farm until he was seventeen, when he engaged in the livery business in Buffalo, and joined the volunteer fire department in 1871 and was elected foreman of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, in 1876. In 1877 he was appointed a captain in the Buffalo Paid Fire Department, with which he has ever since been connected, becoming its chief in 1892. Much of the efficiency of the excellent fire service in the city is due to his ability and personal management. From a captain he was promoted to battalion chief and from that to chief, a position he has filled with great credit and satisfaction. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the C. M. B. A., the Foresters and the Buffalo Fire Department Beneficiary Association. In 1883 he married Mary, daughter of Daniel Kief of Buffalo, and they have two sons and two daughters.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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