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On Feb. 2, 2013, the Carlsbad, CA, FD participated in the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk for the Mitchell Thorp Foundation. Each year the firefighters, bronze-level sponsors of the event, come out to cook food, hand out drinks and support the community in any way they can.

The nonprofit organization was started by Beth and Brad Thorp after the loss of their 18-year-old son Mitchell, who had suffered from an undiagnosed illness for five years before succumbing. It aims to give hope and support to families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders and raises funds through a variety of sponsored events and benefits. For more information, please visit


This Month in Fire History


March 4, 1908, Collingwood, OH

Lakeview Grammar School fire kills 175


March 5, 1770, Boston, MA

A false alarm leads to confrontations that result in the Boston Massacre


March 10, 1941, Brockton, MA

The Strand Theater fire roof collapse kills 13 firefighters


March 17, 1631, Cambridge, MA

The first fire prevention legislation passed


March 18, 1951

Sparky the Fire Dog is “born”


March 19, 1896, New York, NY

Insurance groups form a committee to design what will become the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)


March 25, 1911, New York, NY

The Triangle Shirtwaist fire kills 145


March 25, 1990, New York, NY

The Happy Land Social Club fire kills 87


March 31, 1954, Cheektowaga, NY

Cleveland High School Fire kills 15


Courtesy of NFPA


For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page XX.