It was Gen. MacArthur who said, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
I would like to make an addendum to that statement by adding, "Old soldiers and old fire chiefs never die, they just fade away."
The recent passing of Fire Chief Glenn O. Kline got me thinking about his leadership as president of the York City Fire Chiefs Association.
During his tenure, the association promoted and adopted the two most important projects in its history.
A central communications and alerting network and the York City Fire Training School. And it wasn't easy.
Meetings to discuss these matters usually drew 50 to 75 members, which usually meant there were going to be 50 to 75 different opinions on the subject. Fire chiefs are known to be dedicated individuals who are strongly supportive of their company's traditional past. In other words, they don't like change.
Here's where "Kliney's Magic" came into play.
He kept "harmony" in the group by allowing everyone to present their ideas without ridicule or embarrassment of some of the most outrageous schemes -- and there were some.
He also maintained "harmony" by placing the anti-progress chiefs on committees to study the projects. This healed a lot of wounds. So thanks to progressive chiefs like Bob Little, Paul Schaefer, Mose Baker, Mac and Stan Eby and George Kroll, these two projects were adopted and the citizens of York City have a safer place to live because of their foresightedness and Kliney's natural gift of maintaining "harmony" while leading to progress.
I once mentioned to Kliney that he did a super job in keeping everybody happy and satisfied. He replied, "That's my job."
So as Chief Glenn O. Kline fades away I would like to thank him for a job well done while keeping harmony among the troops.