Line of Duty Deaths


“Fireman’s Prayer”

When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage,
give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.

Help me to embrace a little child
before it’s too late,
or some older person
from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert
and hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor
and protect his property.

and if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

– Author Unknown.

August 23, 2010 – Captain Daniel Chichester

Died of an illness he contracted during the performance of his duties.

September 19 2001 – Firefighter William Miller, Engine Co. #4

Died of an illness he contracted during the performance of his duties.


July 1, 1973 – Firefighter Henry Wosniak, Truck Co. #1

Died of a heart attack while on duty.

August 31, 1956 – Capt. George Daily, Engine Co #1

Died of a head injury received while performing rescue operations during a hurricane.


October 1, 1945 – Capt. James R Murray, Engine Co. #1

Died of injuries received at the scene of a fire.


April 6, 1932 – Firefighter Thomas J Meehan, Engine Co. #2

Died after being thrown from the apparatus when it collided with another vehicle while responding to an alarm

 January 20, 1920  – Firefighter Oscar H Sphar, Engine Co. #3

Died of a massive heart attack suffered at  the scene of a fire

November 27, 1901 – Assistant Chief M. J. Mullen

Died over the illness contracted after fighting a fire in freezing temperatures for several hours.


 April 4, 1900– Captain Z.R. Horton, Truck Company #1

Captain Horton was killed when he was thrown from his seat on Truck 1, responding to a false alarm.



January 7, 1896 – FF Owen McMahon Engine Company #1

Firefighter McMahon died of injuries he received after he was thrown from the vehicle that collide with a trolly car.