"THE SUPREME SACRIFICE"

By Hank Przybylowicz

July 31


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


1874 - BOSTON, MA
F/F Mark W. Hayes - Engine 26
He was killed when he was thrown from the seat and run over by the engine while responding to an alarm.

1880 - MANHATTAN, NY
F/F Phillip Holton - Engine 24
He died as a result of injuries sustained July 29th, when he fell from the third floor to the street while operating at a three-alarm fire.

1891 - PUEBLO, CO
Fire Chief Robert J. Krague - Age 37
While making a practice run in his horse-drawn buggy, the horse apparently became spooked and ran out of control at a high-rate of speed. While approaching a bridge, the buggy overturned, ejecting Krague to the ground. His head struck a rock and his body rolled several times. Unconscious, and bleeding from the ears, nose and mouth, he was rushed to the hospital in a police patrol wagon. Without ever regaining consciousness, he died later that evening with his wife at his side. He was the last volunteer chief and the first paid chief of the department. He was also the first member of the paid department to make The Supreme Sacrifice.

1896 - BOSTON, MA
F/F William H. Chapman - Age 55 - Engine 1
He was killed when he was thrown from, and run over by, the engine while responding to a two-alarm fire.

1921 - MANHATTAN, NY
F/F Joseph A. Flannigan - Engine 44
He was severely overcome by smoke and died while operating at a very stubborn and smoky blaze.

1928 - CHICAGO, IL
F/F Joseph Mixon - Engine 15
While driving a chief to an alarm, he was killed as the result of a collision between the chief's car and a truck company.

1945 - CHICAGO, IL
F/F George Kubik - Engine 12
While operating at a fire, he collapsed due to over-exertion. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died a short time later.

1948 - MANHATTAN, NY
F/F Joseph J. Brecht - Engine 5 - 10-year veteran
Fumes from a three-alarm fire in a sub cellar of a six-story brick loft building overcame 23 firefighters. Brecht died of smoke inhalation at this fire. He was one day away from his tenth anniversary on the job. Rescue 2 was special-called to help treat injured firefighters, as Rescue 1 was engaged in the job of locating and removing injured firefighters from the sub-cellar.

1951 - CHICAGO, IL
F/F John Kaisrlik - Truck 7
He suffered a fatal heart attack after returning to quarters from a fire.

1954 - QUEENS, NY
F/F Samuel A. Schiller - Engine 324 (det. to Ladder 136) - 1-year veteran
F/F Joseph P. Dugan II - Ladder 136 - 15-year veteran
They were killed in the ensuing explosion and fire after Ladder 136 collided with Rescue 4. Both units had responded on two different alarms. Rescue 4's rig, as was Ladder 136's, were destroyed and eight other firefighters were seriously injured in the accident. A man was arrested and convicted in the incident for turning in a false alarm

1954 - WHITE PLAINS, NY
F/F Bernard Callahan - Engine 4
F/F Salvatore Glasso - Truck 1
They were killed when the roof of the four-story building they were operating on during a fire, collapsed. Their bodies were found in the basement the next morning. They were the first members of the department to make The Supreme Sacrifice.

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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