Management came across some old Boston Globe articles with more info about The Chief.
WB first worked in the Milton Fire Department as an engineer creating a fire signal system. He was later promoted to Assistant Chief and Fire Chief before joining the Newton Fire Dept in 1881. WB was named Superintendent of the Fire Alarm System and later became Fire Chief when his boss, Henry Bixby, died in 1894.
WB served as Chief for 30 years. He died in March 1924 as a result of inhaling amonia gas at a 2 alarm fire at the Newton Club. Flags across Newton were flown at half mast and the Mayor attended his funeral. WB’s son, Clarence, later became Fire Chief of Newton.