Acting Chief Engineer Samuel A. Cook
Born: November 26, 1857 Philadelphia, PA
Died: December 27, 1943 Philadelphia, PA
Cook was appointed to the department on September 8, 1887 as a Hoseman with Engine Co. No. 20. Prior to joining the department he was a teamster and resided at 1533 E. Montgomery Avenue. Cook was promoted to Foreman of Truck E on July 21, 1893. Later he served as Foreman of Engine Co. No. 13, Engine Co. No. 29 and Engine Co. No. 14. He was promoted to Assistant Engineer on October 1, 1907 and promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer on March 1, 1911.
When Chief Engineer Waters resigned on April 1, 1913, Cook was named Acting Chief Engineer although he was at his home at 1128 E. Montgomery Ave. recovering from two fractured ribs sustained at a recent fire. On October 1, 1913, Cook resigned from the fire department after twenty-six years of service.
Samuel Cook died on December 27, 1943 at his home, 4511 Comly Street, Philadelphia. His obituary stated that he was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 155 for fifty-one years and at one time had served as a Republican Committeeman in Northeast Philadelphia.