"THE SUPREME SACRIFICE"

By Hank Przybylowicz

January 15


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

1905 - BROOKLYN, NY
Capt. James L. Haviland - Engine 257
He was killed when he fell down a pole hole in quarters while on duty.

1905 - PHILADELPHIA, PA
F/F William J. Robinson - Engine 28
He died in the performance of his duties.

1908 - DULUTH, MN
Prob. F/F Arthur Rose - Age 28 - Engine 1 - 6-week veteran
While responding to an early-morning fire in a candy store, he fell to the street from the hose wagon as it turned a corner. Before the captain could stop the wagon, a steamer responding to the same alarm came around the dark corner and ran him over, killing him instantly.

1919 - BOSTON, MA
F/F George Layhe - Fireboat 31
He was killed in quarters when a tank, holding over two million gallons of molasses ruptured, destroying the firehouse. He was found crushed to death under a pool table. A total of 19 civilians were killed and another 40 were injured.

1934 - MANHATTAN, NY
Lt. Thomas A. Bowler - Ladder 43
He died as a result of injuries sustained while operating at an alarm on January 2nd.

1958 - MANHATTAN, NY
F/F Richard Gelke - Limited Service Squad
He died as a result of injuries sustained in the performance of his duties.

1963 - CHICAGO, IL
F/F Charles Paukstis - Engine 88
He suffered a fatal heart attack in quarters after returning from a fire.

1973 - PHILADELPHIA, PA
F/F Warren MacDonald - Ladder 20 (det. to Engine 35)
He suffered a fatal heart attack while rolling hose after operating at a one-room fire in a garden apartment-type complex.

1997 - OAKLAND, CA
Lt. Richard A. Sanders - Age 47 - Engine 21 - 20-year veteran
He died in quarters while on duty.

1997 - WALDO, OH
F/F Arthur Ebert - Age 63 - Fort Morrow FPD - 20-year veteran
After responding to a garage fire, he was manning the pumps when he asked another firefighter to take over for him. As he walked around the rear of the pumper, he collapsed and went into full arrest. All efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead of an apparent massive heart attack.

"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.


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[This message has been edited by ChiefHank (edited 01-12-99).]