One of the most important things we can do as firefighters is to never forget the sacrifices made by those who went before us or the lessons we have learned from them. In particular, we should not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives...
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The 11 Kingman Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
DONALD G. WEBB
Donald Gene Webb, 30, died on Wednesday, July 18, 1973, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. Webb was married and had two children, a daughter, 8, and a son, 5. He was the owner and manager of the Eastside Shell Service Station in Kingman and a volunteer member of the Kingman Fire Department.
ARTHUR A. STRINGER
Arthur Stringer, 25, died on Friday, July 6, 1973 in Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital in Las Vegas, where he had been air evacuated following the explosion. His father, also an employee of the Kingman Fire Department, was burned in the conflagration and was hospitalized at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital, but survived. Stringer was also a war hero. On returning home from Vietnam, he joined the 997th Aviation Company of the Arizona National Guard. Art had been employed full time by the Kingman Fire Department since June 1, 1973. He was married and had one daughter and his wife was expecting another child.
FRANK (BUTCH) HENRY
Frank Stewart (Butch) Henry, 28, died in Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix on Tuesday, July 10, 1973, of burns suffered in the fire and explosion. At the time of his death, he was the manager of ICX Inc., where he had been employed for seven years. A volunteer fireman, he had been on the official roster for five years, but he had attended fires all his life with his father, George A. Henry, who retired as a 30-year veteran of the Kingman Fire Department. Henry was married and had a son and a daughter.
CHRISTOPHER G. SANDERS
Christopher Grey Sanders, 38, a city fire engineer with the Kingman Fire Department, died of burns suffered in the explosion and fire. Sanders died on Saturday, July, 7, 1973, at St. Joseph's Hospital Burn Center in Phoenix, where he had been air evacuated by helicopter for treatment following the explosion. Sanders began working for the Kingman Fire Department on April 16, 1971, and before that had served as a volunteer firefighter. The fire engineer has also been lauded by his fellow workers for his bravery at the scene of the explosion. Despite his burns, Sanders worked to aid others and wanted to refuse treatment until his fellow firemen had been treated. Witnesses at the fire said Sanders was the first person to respond in helping treat other burned firemen and helped load several into an ambulance before being taken away himself. Sanders was married and had a son, two stepsons and two stepdaughters.
ALAN H. HANSEN
Alan Hansen, 34, died on Thursday, July 19, 1973, from burns he received while rendering assistance in explosion and fire. A patrolman with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, he was air evacuated to the Maricopa County Burn Unit in Phoenix immediately following the explosion and was under treatment there at the time of his death. He was a member of the Kingman Fire Department. Hansen joined the Highway Patrol in October 1961 and was stationed in Wickenburg and Gila Bend before returning to Kingman in April 1964. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Arizona National Guard. He was married and had a son and a daughter.
JOHN O. CAMPBELL
John Odis Campbell, 42, assistant public works director for the City of Kingman, died on Monday, July 9, 1973, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. A volunteer member of the Kingman Fire Department, he died of burns suffered in the explosion and fire. Air evacuated immediately for treatment after the explosion, he was the 10th person to die as a result of the explosion and fire. He was married had a daughter and two sons.
JOSEPH M. CHAMBERS III
Joseph Minter Chambers III, 37, owner and operator of Chambers Exxon Service Station and volunteer member of the Kingman Fire Department with the rank of lieutenant, died of burns suffered in the explosion and fire. Chambers died on Friday, July 6, 1973, at the Maricopa County Hospital Burn Center, where he had been air evacuated for treatment following the explosion. His grandfather, Joseph Minter Chambers, was one of the first firefighters to serve in that capacity in the area. Chambers joined the Kingman Fire Department when he was 21 years old, as soon as he was old enough to serve. In 1963, he began operating the service station, a business in which he had been active until his death. He was married and had two sons.
M.B. (JIMMY) COX
Jimmy Cox, 55, perished in the explosion and fire. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, where he served more than four years, three of them at Kingman Air Base. He worked for Motor Supply, was a deputy sheriff, a parts manager for Coffman Motors and operated a Mobil Oil Service Station. He had worked for the Kingman Bake Shop since 1960 and was in its employ at the time of his death. He had been a member of the Kingman Fire Department since 1951 and was assistant chief when he was killed. He was married and had three children.
WILLIAM L. CASSON
William L. Casson, 52 was district manager for Citizens Utilities Co.'s electric division in Kingman and died in the explosion and fire on Thursday, July 5, 1973, while serving as a captain in the Kingman Fire Department. He served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He joined the fire department in 1946 and was assistant chief under Chief Joe Miller until Miller's retirement in 1959, at which time Casson took over the reins. Bill left the chief's post in 1964, when he became the utility company's top man here, and under Chief Charlie Potter was Captain Number One. He was married and had four sons and two daughters.
ROGER A. HUBKA
Roger Allen Hubka, 27, a volunteer member of the Kingman Fire Department, was one of the three firefighters killed in the explosion and fire. Hubka was employed by McCarthy Motors from the time he arrived in Kingman until a few months before the tragedy, when he started working as service manager at Double G Tire Co., which was destroyed by fire as a result of the explosion. He was married in February 1973.
RICHARD LEE WILLIAMS
Richard Lee Williams, 47, died on Sunday, July 8, 1973, at Good Samaritan Burn Center in Phoenix, where he had been air evacuated for treatment following the explosion. He was the principal of Kingman High School and a volunteer member of the Kingman Fire Department when he died of burns suffered in the explosion and fire. Williams served in the U.S. Navy V-12 program during World War II. He was married and had a son and two daughters. The high school athletic field was renamed in his memory.