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    THE SUPREME SACRIFICE By Hank Przybylowicz November 2 On this date in history, the following members of the fire service made The Supreme Sacrifice: 1855 -
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 2, 2001
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      "THE SUPREME SACRIFICE"

      By Hank Przybylowicz

      November 2

      On this date in history, the following members of the fire service made "The
      Supreme Sacrifice:"

      1855 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      Firefighter T.T. Seward
      He died in the performance of his duties.

      1894 - SOUTH OMAHA, NE
      Firefighter John Steele - South Omaha FD
      Firefighter Henry Peters - Hammond Packing Co. Fire Brigade
      They were killed while operating at a major fire involving a meat packing
      plant.

      1901 - YOUNGSTOWN, OH
      Prob. Firefighter Michael J. McDonough - Age 29 - 7-month veteran
      He died as a result of critical burns sustained the previous day, when he
      and two other firefighters were caught under a collapsing wall while
      operating a hose line at a stable fire. A second firefighter died March 22,
      1902 as a result of injuries sustained.

      1912 - BROOKLYN, NY
      Firefighter William Maurer - Engine 218
      He was killed while responding to an alarm.

      1918 - HARTFORD, CT
      Firefighter John J. Horan
      He died in the performance of his duties.

      1943 - WASHINGTON, DC
      Firefighter William E. Caton - Truck 8
      He died as a result of the acute heart attack he suffered the previous day,
      while drilling at the training school.

      1948 - PORTLAND, OR
      Firefighter Alfred E. Berg - Age 62 - Engine 33 - 30-year veteran
      While operating at a two-alarm fire at a marine propeller plant, he suffered
      a fatal heart attack. He had just celebrated his 30th anniversary on the job
      the day before.

      1954 - WASHINGTON, DC
      Sergeant Barton M. Ewers - Truck 1
      After returning to quarters from an alarm, he suffered a massive heart
      attack and was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

      1966 - OROVILLE, CA
      While operating a bulldozer in an attempt to make a firebreak at a wildfire
      in the Feather River area, a forestry firefighter was killed when the fire
      swept over his position.

      1981 - MILWAUKIE, OR
      Firefighter Al Jones
      He suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a fire.

      1997 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      Captain Leroy Swenson - Age 56 - Engine 20 (detailed to Engine 15) - 31-year
      veteran
      After arriving at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision on the interstate
      highway, he got out of the cab of the engine and was walking along the
      shoulder of the road to render assistance to the people involved in the
      accident. Suddenly, everyone began to scatter as a large 2-1/2-ton cleaning
      truck appeared out of control on the icy bridge. The truck flipped over,
      landing on top of Swenson, crushing him to death instantly. He was working
      overtime in Engine 15 and was scheduled to go off duty in 30 minutes.

      "Lay me down beside cool waters,
      And lay to rest my body sore.
      Send the word out to my brothers,
      The fire is down, let it burn no more."
      Charlie Ball
      Fireman's Prayer

      Let us not forget these brave souls who unselfishly gave their lives in the
      performance of their duties. Let us all take a moment out of our busy day to
      say a prayer for these fallen soldiers of the Lord, and ask that He grant
      them eternal rest and peace in His Kingdom. Also ask that He watch over and
      protect the member's loved ones who were left behind.

      "The Supreme Sacrifice"(c) is a product of the Line of Duty Research
      Service. This product may not be used in any form for commercial venture or
      for monetary gain without the expressed written permission of the Line of
      Duty Research Service. Copyright(c) 2001. All rights reserved.
    • chiefhank
      THE SUPREME SACRIFICE By Hank Przybylowicz November 2 On this date in history, the following members of the fire service made The Supreme Sacrifice: 1855 -
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 31, 2002
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        "THE SUPREME SACRIFICE"

        By Hank Przybylowicz

        November 2

        On this date in history, the following members of the fire service made "The
        Supreme Sacrifice:"

        1855 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA
        Firefighter T.T. Seward
        He died in the performance of his duties.

        1894 - SOUTH OMAHA, NE
        Firefighter John Steele - South Omaha FD
        Firefighter Henry Peters - Hammond Packing Co. Fire Brigade
        They were killed while operating at a major fire involving a meat packing
        plant. The fire was believed to have started from a lit pipe that was left
        in a coat in the plant's cloakroom. Firefighters from South Omaha, Omaha,
        and the plant fire brigade battled the flames for several hours before
        bringing the blaze under control.

        1901 - YOUNGSTOWN, OH
        Prob. Firefighter Michael J. McDonough - Age 29 - 7-month veteran
        He died as a result of critical burns sustained the previous day, when he
        and two other firefighters were caught under a collapsing wall while
        operating a hoseline at a stable fire. A second firefighter died March 22,
        1902 as a result of injuries sustained.

        1912 - BROOKLYN, NY
        Firefighter William Maurer - Engine 218
        He was killed while responding to an alarm.

        1918 - HARTFORD, CT
        Firefighter John J. Horan
        He died in the performance of his duties.

        1943 - WASHINGTON, DC
        Firefighter William E. Caton - Truck 8
        He died as a result of the acute heart attack he suffered the previous day,
        while drilling at the training school.

        1948 - PORTLAND, OR
        Firefighter Alfred E. Berg - Age 62 - Engine 33 - 30-year veteran
        While operating at a two-alarm fire in a marine propeller plant, he suffered
        a fatal heart attack. He had just celebrated his 30th anniversary on the job
        the day before.

        1954 - WASHINGTON, DC
        Sergeant Barton M. Ewers - Truck 1
        After returning to quarters from an alarm, he suffered a massive heart
        attack and was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

        1966 - OROVILLE, CA
        While operating a bulldozer in an attempt to make a firebreak at a wildfire
        in the Feather River area, a forestry firefighter was killed when the fire
        swept over his position.

        1981 - MILWAUKIE, OR
        Firefighter Al Jones
        He suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a fire.

        1997 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN
        Captain Leroy Swenson - Age 56 - Engine 20 (detailed to Engine 15) - 31-year
        veteran
        After arriving at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision on the interstate
        highway, he got out of the cab of the engine and was walking along the
        shoulder of the road to render assistance to the people involved in the
        accident. Suddenly, everyone began to scatter as a large 2-1/2-ton cleaning
        truck appeared out of control on the icy bridge. The truck flipped over,
        landing on top of Swenson, crushing him to death instantly. He was working
        overtime in Engine 15 and was scheduled to go off duty in 30 minutes.

        "Lay me down beside cool waters,
        And lay to rest my body sore.
        Send the word out to my brothers,
        The fire is down, let it burn no more."
        Charlie Ball
        Fireman's Prayer

        Let us not forget these brave souls who unselfishly gave their lives in the
        performance of their duties. Let us all take a moment out of our busy day to
        say a prayer for these fallen soldiers of the Lord, and ask that He grant
        them eternal rest and peace in His Kingdom. Also ask that He watch over and
        protect the member's loved ones who were left behind.

        "The Supreme Sacrifice"(c) is a product of the Line of Duty Research
        Service. This product may not be used in any form for commercial venture or
        for monetary gain without the expressed written permission of the Line of
        Duty Research Service. Copyright (c) 2002. All rights reserved.
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