By Hank Przybylowicz

January 16

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

Vol. F/F George W. Burridge - Age 40 - Engine 42
While operating at a spectacular fire involving extensive property, he was killed instantly when he was caught under a collapsing wall. Another firefighter, who had just emerged from the building with two small children, narrowly escaped death when the wall just missed him.

1912 - BOSTON, MA
F/F J.F. Kippenburger
While operating at a four-alarm hotel fire, he was critically injured when he fell four floors onto a picket fence. He died while en route to the hospital.

F/F John W.T.F. Kocher - Engine 54
While operating at a three-alarm fire in a six-story brick storage warehouse, he was caught in the collapse of the first floor into the cellar. He managed to find his way to a window, only to have his escape blocked by iron bars. He was found 48 hours later in the cellar, still clinging to bars that had blocked his way. He was wrapped in a block of ice and apparently had frozen to death.

Lt. Gilbert G. Fletcher - Engine 20
He died as a result of lobar pneumonia, contracted in the performance of his duties.

1948 - CHICAGO, IL
F/F Robert Johnson - Engine 48
He suffered a fatal heart attack after returning to quarters from a fire.

Capt. Thomas P. Mulvaney - Ladder 148
He died as a result of injuries sustained in the performance of his duties.

1998 - CLINTON, NC
Vol. F/F Brian A. Cannon - Age 31 - Taylors Bridge VFD
He was killed while returning from a motor vehicle accident, when he lost control of the pumper/tanker he was driving while going into a curve, and it overturned.

"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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