NFD Line of Duty Deaths


Newark Firemen that Died in the Line of Duty

Captain Jacob Allen

Foreman (Captain) Jacob Allen was assigned to Engine 4. On 5/28/1857, he was operating at a four- story factory fire when a chimney collapsed striking him on the head and instantly killing him. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

James Lee

Fireman James Lee, badge #226, was assigned to Engine 5. On 5/15/1877, he was fighting a mutual-aid fire in East Newark when he collapsed due to a fatal heart attack. He was 42 years old at the time of his death.

George T. Yatman

Fireman George T. Yatman was assigned to Truck 2. On 12/25/1878, he was operating on an ice covered roof when he fell striking a factory wall next door. He landed on the ground in an alley and was killed instantly. He was 25 years old at the time of his death.

Wilson E. Hennion

Fireman Wilson E. Hennion was assigned to Engine 10. On 3/21/1881, at Box 28 located at 135 Brunswick St he was fighting his first fire in a two-story brick carriage house when he got separated from the rest of his company. He was found dead on the second floor due to smoke inhalation. He was 24 years old at the time of his death.

Alfred H. Budd

Fireman Alfred H. Budd, badge #129, was killed in the line of duty on 3/13/1883. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

Daniel McGee

Fireman Daniel McGee, badge #13, served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. He was assigned to Engine 5. He was working the horses with the exercise wagon on 11/17/1883, when he fell and was crushed by its wheels. He was 48 years old at the time of his death.

James Stivers

Fireman James Stivers, badge #13, served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. He was appointed on 6/1/1889 and assigned to Engine 2. On 3/31/1894, while Engine 2 was responding to an alarm, he fell off the steamer and was killed under its wheels. He was 55 years old at the time of his death.

Charles W. Kinsey

Fireman Charles W. Kinsey, badge #86, was assigned to Truck 4. On 7/27/1899, Truck 4 was struck by a trolley car while returning from an alarm called in from Box 321. He was the tillerman and suffered critical injuries. Later that day he died. He was 43 years old at the time of his death.

Theodore C. Baker

Fireman Theodore C. Baker, badge #159, was assigned to Truck 4 and was the Assistant Driver. On 11/28/1899, he was found in the basement of quarters where he had apparently collapsed from a heart attack. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

John W. Brown

Fireman John W. Brown, badge #104, was assigned to Engine 4. On 2/27/1900, he was crushed by a falling wall at a third-alarm fire at W.V. Snyder and Company Dry Goods Store located at the northwest corner of Broad and Cedar Streets. He died from his injuries on 3/18/1900. He was 44 years old at the time of his death.

John J. Gougerty

Fireman John J. Gougerty, badge #224, served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Spanish-American War. He was appointed on 10/6/1900 and assigned to Engine 11. On 3/11/1903, he transferred to Chemical 1. His first day at Chemical 1 would prove to be his last. On that day, at Box 24 located at 74 Market Street, he was caught in a backdraft at a saloon and mattress manufacturer fire and was severely burned. The next day he died from his injuries. He was 28 years old at the time of his death.

William F. Boland

Fireman William F. Boland, badge #29, served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. He was appointed during the part paid/call-man system on 1/4/1867 and was assigned to Engine 11. On 9/15/1903, Engine 11 was responding to a fatal fire when the Hose Wagon upset at Myrtle Ave and Orange Street. F/M Boland was seriously injured. The next day he died from his injuries. His brother was also assigned to Engine 11 and was working the day of his accident and death. He was 58 years old at the time of his death.

Jacob Bleyhle

Fireman Jacob Bleyhle, badge #138, was appointed on 9/1/1894 and was assigned to Truck 3. At a three-alarm fire on 4/23/1904, at Box 323, he was killed at the Weiner Company in a five-story brick factory collapse. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.  F/M Crane and F/M Ross also died at this fire.

William B. Crane

Fireman William B. Crane, badge #283, was appointed on 7/2/1903 and was assigned to Engine 3. At a three-alarm fire on 4/23/1904, at Box 323, he was killed at the Weiner Company in a five-story brick factory collapse. He was 30 years old at the time of his death. F/M Bleyhle and F/M Ross also died at this fire.

Leo Ross

Fireman Leo Ross, badge #279, served in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Truck 3. On 4/24/1904, at Box 323, he died from injuries sustained in the three-alarm fire at the Weiner Company in the building collapse the day before. He was 25 years old at the time of his death. F/M Bleyhle and F/M Crane also died at this fire.

Lieutenant Benjamin Birch, Jr.

Lieutenant Benjamin Birch, Jr., badge #144, was appointed on 9/1/1894 and was assigned to Engine 5. He was promoted to the newly created position of Lieutenant on 8/10/1899. On 3/3/1907, at Station 21, he was fighting a café fire in the basement of 156 Market Street when he was overcome by smoke. He collapsed into a pool of water on the floor and died from drowning. He was 42 years old at the time of his death.

Charles E. Beebe

Fireman Charles E. Beebe, badge #185, was appointed on 2/1/1898 and assigned to Engine 2. On 9/16/1898, he transferred to Truck 1. He transferred to Engine 13 on 11/27/1901. On 6/16/1902, he transferred to Engine 10. On 8/15/1904, he transferred back to Engine 2. On 3/3/1907, at Station 21, he contracted a cold from exposure at a café fire at 156 Market Street. On 3/13/1907, he died from pneumonia. He was 37 years old at the time of his death. Lieutenant Birch, Jr. was also killed at this fire.

Ferdinand C. Roh

Fireman Ferdinand C. Roh, badge #315, was appointed on 12/15/1904 and was assigned to Engine 12. On 1/19/1905, he transferred to Engine 18 as an original member. On 7/1/1906, he transferred to Engine 19 when it was placed in service and became one of its drivers. On 7/12/1906, F/M Roh was exercising a green team on Frelinghuysen Avenue when they were frightened by a passing trolley car and bolted. The team sprinted wildly over the macadam road and hit a rut. F/M Roh was jolted from the seat and fell to the pavement. He held onto the reins preventing the horses from crashing into several vehicles and a trolley car. Although he was being battered, he stuck to his post and when he knew he was weakening he steered the team into a trolley pole and the race ended. F/M Roh was brought to the hospital in critical condition and one month later he was sent home. On 2/1/1907, he was placed on pension disability. On 5/8/1907, he died from his injuries. He was 30 years old at the time of his death.

Alfred L. Biebel

Fireman Alfred L. Biebel, badge #136, was appointed on 5/3/1894 and assigned to Engine 10. On 5/1/1903, he transferred to Truck 5. He transferred to Truck 3 on 9/1/1905. On 8/21/1911, while responding to an alarm, he was in the Tiller seat when the apparatus hit a rut in the road. F/M Biebel was thrown from the Tiller seat and run over by the apparatus. He died from his injuries. He was 45 years old at the time of his death.

August Zeitler

Fireman August Zeitler, badge #139, was appointed on 9/1/1894 and assigned as an original member of Engine 12. On 12/16/1901, he transferred as an original member of Engine 17. On 9/27/1914, he was leaving quarters on his meal trick when he fell and struck his head on the step outside of quarters. On 9/30/1914, he died from his injuries. He was 55 years old at the time of his death.

Lieutenant William Flood

Lieutenant William Flood, badge #342, was appointed on 8/21/1905 and assigned on 9/1/1905, to Truck 3. On 5/15/1911, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Truck 7. On 5/31/1911, he transferred to Engine 6. While working at a three-alarm fire on 5/14/1915 at the Stengel Factory, he was caught under a collapsed wall and died from his injuries. He was 37 years old at the time of his death. F/M Stuetz also died at this fire.

John A. Stuetz

Fireman John A. Stuetz, badge #478, was appointed on 11/23/1910 and on 12/1/1910 he was assigned to Engine 6. While working at a three-alarm fire on 5/14/1915 at the Stengel Factory, he was caught under a collapsed wall and died from his injuries. He was 31 years old at the time of his death. Lt. Flood also died at this fire.

Richard C. Duenwald

Fireman Richard C. Duenwald, badge #547, was appointed on 9/16/1913 and assigned on 9/23/1913 as an original member of Engine 25. On 6/17/1916, motorized Engine 25 was responding to a false alarm when it collided with horse-drawn Hose Wagon 12. Duenwald was thrown from the Engine, suffered massive injuries and died. He was 29 years old at the time of his death.

Lieutenant Joseph J. Owens

Lieutenant Joseph J. Owens, badge #218, was appointed on 6/12/1900 and assigned to Truck 2. On 9/17/1901, he transferred to Engine 4. On 3/15/1905, he transferred to Engine 7. On 5/31/1910, he transferred to Engine 11. On 10/11/1913, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Truck 3. On 12/22/1916, Truck 3 was responding to an alarm Station 647, to South Orange Ave & Bergen Street when it collided with Salvage Corp’s apparatus. Lieutenant Owens was seriously injured and on 12/25/1916 he died from his injuries. He was 45 years old at the time of his death.

Joseph A. Donahue

Fireman Joseph A. Donahue, badge #818, was appointed on 6/4/1918 and assigned to Engine 23. Engines 23 and 9 were involved in an accident on 6th Avenue. Not knowing he had a spinal injury, F/M Donahue died on 12/21/1918. He was 24 years old at the time of his death.

Batt. Chief Dennis Guidera

Battalion Chief Dennis Guidera, badge #114, was appointed on 1/1/1891 and assigned to Truck 3. On 7/1/1905, he was promoted to Lieutenant of Truck 3. On 5/5/1909, he was promoted to Captain and assigned as an original member of Truck 8. On 12/1/1911, he transferred to Truck 3. On 12/1/1912, he was promoted to Battalion Chief and assigned to District 1. On 12/6/1918, he transferred to the School of Instruction or Fire College. On 2/14/1920, he died from pneumonia due to severe exposure at a fire. He was 51 years old at the time of his death.

Joseph C. Woolley

Fireman Joseph C. Woolley, badge #860, was appointed on 8/31/1918, temporarily, and on 9/1/1918 was assigned to Engine 22. On 10/1/1919, he was made a permanent member and remained at Engine 22. On 6/3/1922, Engine’s 22 and 4 collided at Plane and Warren Streets just after 6 P.M. while responding to Box 14 at 42 Warren Street. F/M Woolley was thrown from Engine 22 and suffered a fractured skull. On 6/10/1922, he died from his injuries. Several other members were also injured. He was 36 years old at the time of his death.

Captain John J. Wagner

Captain John J. Wagner, badge #488, was appointed on 5/10/1911 and assigned to Engine 8. On 10/1/1914, he transferred to Engine 5. On 6/1/1922, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Engine 14. On 3/1/1924, he transferred to Engine 16. On 1/3/1929, at 6:05 A.M., he was operating on the roof of the Central Stamping Company factory fire when the smokestack fell. It collapsed the roof sending him to the ground. He was found dead in the debris. He was 49 years old at the time of his death.

Michael J. McManus

Fireman Michael J. McManus, badge #848, was appointed on 6/5/1918 and assigned to Engine 20. In 1918, he served in the U.S. Army during WWI. He returned to duty on 6/17/1919 and returned to Engine 20. On 12/6/1926, he transferred to Engine 10. On 8/24/1929, he was fighting a fire at 120 Charlton Street when he was hit by a falling beam. On 8/26/1929, he died from his injuries. He was 38 years old at the time of his death.

John A. Curran

Fireman John A. Curran, badge #265, was appointed on 6/3/1902 and assigned to Engine 5 on 6/16/1902. The same day he was transferred to Engine 8. On 1/6/1908, he transferred to Engine 14. On 1/8/1908, he transferred back to Engine 8. On 12/29/1928, he transferred to Engine 26 and was detailed to Truck 3. On 11/21/1929, at 4:19 P.M., Truck 3 was responding to an alarm at 73 Shipman Street. The truck was proceeding on West Market Street after taking a sharp curve from old Wallace Place, when just East of Rutgers Street, Truck 3 struck a florist truck at 174 West Market Street. F/M Curran was riding the side of the tiller section and was thrown to the pavement and was crushed. He died a short time later at the hospital of internal injuries. He was 49 years old at the time of his death.

Michael J. Fagan

Fireman Michael J. Fagan, badge #266, was appointed on 6/3/1902 and assigned to Engine 16. On 10/19/1907, he transferred to Truck 2. On 12/1/1908, he transferred to Engine 22. On 5/31/1910, he transferred to Engine 19. On 5/31/1911, he transferred to Engine 3. On 9/15/1914, he transferred to Engine 1. On 3/16/1915, he transferred to Water Tower 1. On 12/1/1916, he transferred to Reserve Stables. On 4/16/1917, he transferred back to Water Tower 1. After a run on 9/20/1931, Water Tower 1 was backing into quarters when F/M Fagan collapsed from a heart attack and died. He was 51 years old at the time of his death.

Joseph P. Lynch

Fireman Joseph P. Lynch, badge #539, was appointed on 9/16/1913 and on 9/23/1913 was assigned to Engine 14. On 9/15/1914, he transferred to Engine 16. On 4/16/1921, he transferred to Truck 8. While Truck 8 was responding to an alarm on 10/25/1933, he fell as the Truck was approaching the scene, striking his head on the ground. On 10/26/1933, he died from a fractured skull. He was 44 years old at the time of his death.

Charles Mackey

Fireman Charles Mackey, badge #365, was appointed on 2/21/1906 and assigned on 3/1/1906 as an original member of Engine 21. On 9/23/1913, he transferred to Truck 9. On 7/2/1936, he was working in the fire house of Truck 9 when a group of children led by his daughter ran to him with a complaint of public indecency by a 19 year old man. F/M Mackey rushed outside, came upon the youth, and an argument ensued. The young man hit F/M Mackey and he fell to the ground striking his head on the sidewalk. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. On 7/8/1936, he died from a fractured skull. He was 59 years old at the time of his death.

George D. Frainey

Fireman George D. Frainey, badge #783, was appointed on 4/16/1917 and assigned on 4/18/1917 as an original member of Squad 1. On 4/3/1918, he transferred to Engine 3. On 8/3/1923, he transferred to Truck 5. On 6/1/1925, he transferred and became an original member of Truck 11. On 10/1/1926, he transferred back to Squad 1. On 7/24/1935, he transferred to Truck 4 when Squad 1 was disbanded. He was battling a three-alarm factory fire at the Celluloid Corporation on 10/4/1937, when an explosion occurred. He was struck in the head by a falling beam which killed him instantly. He was 46 years old at the time of his death.

Arthur J. Kinsella

Fireman Arthur J. Kinsella, badge #846, served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He was appointed on 6/5/1918, and he was assigned to Truck 2 on 6/6/1918. On 7/1/1918, he transferred to Squad 2. On 11/7/22, Squad 2 became Engine 30. He later transferred to Engines 30,17,15 and 27. On 5/28/1938 he was driving the Hose Wagon to an alarm when he had a heart attack and died. Another F/M riding the step of the Wagon got to the ignition and steering wheel to bring the rig to a stop. He was 41 years old at the time of his death.

John E. Schumacher

Fireman John E. Schumacher, badge #405, was appointed on 4/10/1907 and assigned on 5/1/1907 to Engine 5. On 10/19/1907, he transferred to Water Tower 1 and Reserve Stable. On 4/27/1908, he was assigned to Water Tower 1. On 5/23/1908, he transferred to Engine 1. On 9/15/1914, he transferred to Engine 18. On 7/23/1938, Station 4424, at 44 Girard Place he collapsed outside at a fire scene from a heart attack and died. He was 55 years old at the time of his death.

Captain George A. Jacques

Captain George A. Jacques, badge #605, was appointed on 5/19/1915 and assigned on 6/1/1915 to Engine 19. On 11/1/1915, he transferred to Truck 6. On 12/1/1915, he transferred back to Engine 19. In 1918, he served in the U.S. Army during WWI. He returned to duty on 3/14/1919, to Engine 19. On 7/16/1925, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Truck 3. Later, he transferred to Engine 22. During a basement fire at Station 1567 at 11:20 P.M. on 10/27/1938 he became disoriented and collapsed due to asphyxiation by smoke and gas fumes. At the time he was not wearing a mask. On 10/28/1938, he died from his injuries. He was 45 years old at the time of his death. F/M Fred Herrmann also died as a result of this fire.

Frederick W. Herrmann

Fireman Frederick W. Herrmann, badge #239, was appointed on 12/10/1901 and assigned on 12/16/1901, to Engine 6. On 11/1/1905, he transferred to Engine 17. On 12/15/1906, he transferred to Truck 2. On 6/8/1911, he transferred to Reserve and Supply 1. On 10/1/1913, he was detailed to the Repair Shop and transferred there on 10/15/1915. On 11/16/1916, he transferred to Engine 24. During 1916, he was commended for meritorious work in fighting a fire, resulting from an ammonia explosion on Elizabeth Avenue where several civilians were killed. On 5/5/1919, he was assigned to Engine 12. He later transferred to Truck 12. On 10/27/1938, at Station 1567, he became disoriented and collapsed due to asphyxiation by smoke and gas fumes at a basement fire. He was not wearing a mask at the time. He died from his injuries on 10/28/1938. He was 61 years old at the time of his death.

Captain John J. Walser

Captain John J. Walser, badge #719, was appointed on 4/13/1917 and assigned to Engine 11 on 4/16/1917. In 1918, he served in the U.S. Army during WWI. On 6/2/1919, he returned to duty at Engine 11. On 8/1/1920, he transferred to Squad 2, which became Engine 30 on 11/7/1922. He was promoted to Captain on 4/15/1931 and assigned to Engine 32. While fighting a brush fire on 5/3/1939, he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. Attempts to revive him with an inhalator were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.

James F. Gillick

Fireman James F. Gillick, badge #315, served in the U.S. Navy during WWI. He was appointed on 2/23/1927 and assigned on 3/1/1927 to Truck 4. On 4/17/1933, he was transferred to Engine 3. On 6/1/1933, he was transferred back to Truck 4. On 12/20/1941, Truck 4 was returning from an alarm when it collided with a tractor-trailer at McCarter Highway. F/M Gillick was seriously injured when he was thrown from the tiller seat. On 12/25/1941, he died from his injuries. He was 43 years old at the time of his death.

Francis E. Corbitt, Jr.

Fireman Francis E. Corbitt, Jr., badge #924, served in the U.S. Army during WWI with the 29th Division overseas. He was appointed 10/16/1919 and assigned to Engine 21. He later transferred to Engine 6. On 7/31/1946, Engine 6 was responding to an alarm when it collided with Truck 5. F/M Corbitt was impaled on Truck 5′s tiller step and seriously injured. On 8/8/1946, he died from his injuries. He was 52 years old at the time of his death.

William F. Manger

(Acting Captain)

Fireman William F. Manger, badge #306, was appointed on 6/16/1942 and was assigned to Engine 24. He transferred on 7/1/1943 to Engine 20. On 11/13/1948, Engine 20 was responding to an alarm when it was struck by a car. Both vehicles caught fire. 3 out of the 4 civilians in the vehicle died as the result of burns sustained in the incident. F/M Manger died as the result of his burns. He was 42 years old at the time of his death. F/M Benedict Witkus was also seriously burned in the incident and did not survive.

Benedict T. Witkus

Fireman Benedict T. Witkus, badge #210, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was appointed on 10/1/1940 and was assigned to Engine 8. He transferred on 11/15/1941 to Engine 20. On 11/20/1948, he died from serious burns received on 11/13/1948 when Engine 20 was struck by a car as it responded to an alarm. Both vehicles caught fire. 3 out of the 4 civilians in the vehicle died as the result of burns sustained in the incident. F/M Witkus was 34 years old at the time of his death. F/M William Manger was also seriously burned in the incident and did not survive.

Captain Frank J. Welch

Captain Frank J. Welch, badge #766, was appointed on 4/16/1917 and was assigned to Engine 1. In 1918, he served in the U.S. Army during WWI. He returned to duty on 1/2/1919 to Engine 1. On 4/16/1931, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Engine 8. On 8/9/1950, he was getting out of the apparatus upon arrival at fire alarm Station 5934 when he collapsed and died from a heart attack. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.

William C. Catherwood

Fireman William C. Catherwood, badge #602, served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He  was appointed on 3/1/1924 and assigned to Truck 6. On 4/1/1933, he was temporarily transferred to Engine 4. On 6/1/1933, he transferred back to Truck 6. On10/19/1951, he collapsed in quarters from cardiac arrest and died. He was 50 years old at the time of his death.

Leonard S. Growney

Fireman Leonard S. Growney, badge #244, served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was appointed on 9/1/1941. He later transferred to Engine 31(Fireboat 2). On 1/10/1954, he transferred to Engine 35. On 6/22/1957, Engine 35 was operating at a truck fire when he collapsed from a heart attack and died. He was 49 years old at the time of his death.

Joseph G. Buhl

Fireman Joseph G. Buhl, badge #360, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He was appointed on 2/15/1956 and assigned to Engine 18. He later transferred to Salvage 1. At Station 5328 at 4:43 A.M. on 4/11/1961, he was operating at a four-alarm fire at the Englehorn’s meat packing plant on Avenue L when a wall collapsed on him. He died from his injuries a short time later. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

Salvatore Vacca

Fireman Salvatore Vacca, badge #902, served in the U.S. Navy. He was appointed on 3/1/1959 and assigned to Truck 11. At a two-alarm fire at Station 1436, on South11th Street on 10/13/1962, he was attempting an interior rescue when he became trapped on the second floor. He was later found dead of smoke inhalation. He was 29 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Frank E. Kirkbride

Captain Frank E. Kirkbride, badge #695, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He was appointed on 12/16/1949 and assigned to Truck 8. On 3/1/1959, he was promoted to Captain and was assigned to Truck 7. At a two-alarm fire Station 1436, at 270 South 12th Street on 4/7/1963, he suffered from smoke inhalation while fighting a structural fire. He was treated and taken home, where he later collapsed from a heart attack. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.

William T. Reed

Fireman William T. Reed, badge #259, was appointed on 5/1/1942 and assigned to Truck 6. On 5/22/1964, he was working on the roof of a wood frame structure during a fire when he collapsed and died from a heart attack. He was 53 years old at the time of his death.

Hugo Gambacorta

Fireman Hugo Gambacorta, badge #448, served in the U.S. Army. He was appointed on 9/24/1962 and was assigned to Truck 1. On 9/11/1965, he was overhauling during a fire where several occupants were rescued. He collapsed and died from a heart attack. He was 34 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Raymond R. Reilly

Captain Raymond R. Reilly, badge# 274, was appointed on 6/16/1942 and was assigned to Truck 5. On 2/8/1953, he transferred to Engine 5 to drive B/C. On 3/22/1954, he transferred to Engine 9 to drive B/C. On 10/31/1954, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Truck 1. On 4/8/1966, while off duty in Bloomfield, he was electrocuted and killed while trying to rescue a boy stuck high in a train tower. A civilian was also killed trying to help. The boy was rescued by Bloomfield Firefighters. He was 52 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Michael F. Moran

Captain Michael F. Moran, badge# 741, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was appointed on 12/16/1949 and was assigned to Engine 11. On 10/7/1960, he was promoted to Captain of Truck 9. On 7/19/1963, he transferred to Engine 11. During the Newark Riots on 7/15/1967, at Station 7113, he climbed Truck 11′s aerial to check the roof of a building where a fire alarm sounded. An unknown sniper shot him while on the aerial. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 40 years old at the time of his death.

Edward G. Dennis

Fireman Edward G. Dennis, badge #668, was appointed on 9/6/1953 and was assigned to Engine 18. On 7/14/1968, F/M Dennis was Engine 18′s pump operator at a four-alarm fire. He collapsed at the scene from a heart attack and died. He was 41 years old at the time of his death.

Lineman John DiNicolas

Lineman John DiNicolas, badge #28, was appointed on 12/20/1965 and was assigned to the Fire Alarm Division. On 9/21/1968, he rescued a child who was caught in a rip tide in the ocean at Lavallette, N.J. Because of his exertion, and overcome by exhaustion, he disappeared in the heavy surf and drowned; his body was recovered approximately 50 minutes later. He was 22 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Thomas F. Martin

Captain Thomas F. Martin, badge #198, served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 168th Infantry. He was appointed on 11/16/1941. On 5/1/1946, he transferred to Engine 10. On 7/30/1950, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Engine 29 on 8/1/1950. On 6/13/1969, Captain Martin did not report downstairs after his 14 hour night shift. He was found in the Captain’s quarters dead from a heart attack. He was 57 years old at the time of his death.

Patrick DiGiacomo

Fireman Patrick DiGiacomo, badge #869, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was appointed on 3/1/1959 and was assigned to Engine 11. On 6/20/1969, DiGiacomo responded to a change of tour fire. After exiting the building he was struck on the side of the head with a brick or bottle thrown by a youth. This resulted in a head contusion. He was treated and taken home. Two days later, on 6/22/1969, he died as the result of his head injury. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Anthony V. Lardiere

Captain Anthony V. Lardiere, badge #402, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was appointed on 7/1/1948 and was assigned to Engine 3. On 10/11/1957, he transferred to Truck 1. He was promoted to Captain on 4/9/1963 and was assigned to Truck 4. On 5/7/1972, at Station 2317, during overhaul at a three-alarm fire in a vacant three-story brick building, a collapse occurred which resulted in his death. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. Captain LaTorre and F/M Schoemer also died in this collapse.

Captain Dominick N. LaTorre

Captain Dominick N. LaTorre, badge #246, served in the U.S. Navy. He was appointed on 1/1/1952 and was assigned to Truck 6. On 9/2/1967, he was promoted to Captain of Engine 12. He was killed on 5/7/1972 in a collapse during overhaul at a three-alarm fire in a vacant three-story brick building at Station 2317. He was 44 years old at the time of his death. Captain LaTorre was promoted posthumously to Battalion Chief. Captain Lardiere and F/M Schoemer also died in this collapse.

Russell C. Schoemer, Jr.

Fireman Russell C. Schoemer, Jr., badge #315, served in the U.S. Army. He was appointed on 11/6/1967 and was assigned to Truck 5. He was killed on 5/7/1972, at Station 2317, in a collapse during overhaul at a three-alarm fire in a vacant three-story brick building. He was 31 years old at the time of his death. Captains Lardiere and LaTorre also died in this collapse.

William F. Olvaney

Fireman William F. Olvaney, Jr., badge #295, was appointed on 9/1/1943 to Engine 6. On 6/8/1970, he transferred as D/C 1′s Aide. On 7/18/1972, at Station 4462, 16th Ave & 19th street he was working at a supermarket fire. Fireman Olvaney was sent up to the roof to get other companies off due to an imminent collapse of the roof. He successfully got other units off and as he was coming down the ground ladder the roof collapsed causing him to fall off the ladder. He was treated for his injuries, went home the next day on 7/19/1972 and he had a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later. He was 57 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Daniel J. McCoy

Captain Daniel J. McCoy, badge #407, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was appointed on 7/1/1948 and assigned to Engine 3. On 9/8/1954, he transferred to Truck 9. On 10/11/1957, he transferred to Truck 1. On 10/7/1960, he was promoted to Captain of Truck 1. He transferred to Truck 5 on 11/19/1962. In 1972 he was assigned to Fireboat 1. On 7/30/1972, the company was out on a drill when Captain McCoy collapsed on the Fireboat and died from a heart attack. He was 46 years old at the time of his death.

Captain Emilio L. Pinal

Captain Emilio L. Pinal, badge #621, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was appointed on 3/9/1952 and assigned to Engine 4. He transferred to Truck 2 and later to Truck 3. He was promoted to Captain on 10/11/1965 and was assigned to Community Relations. On 9/16/1972, he fell down a staircase after attempting to save occupants at a three-alarm fire. He was treated for injuries, went home, and later suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital where he died. He was 45 years old at the time of his death.

Deputy Chief
Lawrence M. Caufield

Deputy Chief Lawrence M. Caufield, badge #471, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was appointed on 3/16/1947 and was assigned to Engine 18. On 4/8/1951, he transferred to Truck 9 as D/C’s Aide. On 10/31/1954, he was promoted to Captain and was assigned to Truck 7. On 4/9/1964, he was promoted to Battalion Chief and was assigned to the 1st Battalion. On 9/2/1968, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and was assigned to Community Relations. He died in the line of duty on 3/13/1976. He was 54 years old at the time of his death.

Deputy Chief Joseph F. Doll

Deputy Chief Joseph F. Doll, Jr., badge #470, served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and later served in the U.S. Army. He was appointed on 7/1/1951 and was assigned to Engine 1. On 3/1/1959, he was promoted to Captain of Engine 10. On 6/19/1967, he was promoted to Battalion Chief and assigned as a Roving B/C. On 1/27/1970, he transferred to B/C 4. On 1/14/1976, he was promoted to Deputy Chief. He died in the line of duty on 3/17/1977. He was 49 years old at the time of his death.

Harry F. Halpin

Fireman Harry F. Halpin, badge #963, served in the U.S. Army. He was appointed on 2/25/1974 and assigned to Truck 2. On 8/16/1980, at Station 3223, 237-239 Broadway, he was overhauling at a vacant three-story brick building fire when he stepped out onto the fire escape and it collapsed to the ground. On 8/20/1980, he died of severe head injuries. He was 33 years old at the time of his death. Harry Halpin even in death continued to save lives through the use of his liver, kidneys and heart implanted to keep life beating in other victims.

James M. Murray

Fireman James M. Murray, badge #245, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was appointed on 6/19/1978 and assigned to Truck 10. However, on 8/12/1984, he was working a mutual swap at Engine 18. At a three-alarm high rise fire at Station 2115, he was operating on the fire floor when he became separated from the rest of the company. He was found in cardiac arrest and died. He was 40 years old at the time of his death.

Marcus A. Reddick
(Acting Captain)

Fireman Marcus A. Reddick, badge #836, served in the U.S. Air Force. He was appointed on 7/3/1978 and assigned to Engine 29. On 1/22/1979, he transferred to Truck 10. He later transferred to Engine 5. On 12/31/1985, at fire alarm Station 5119, he was attempting to rescue a woman from the second floor via a ground ladder. The woman jumped, grabbed F/M Reddick and fell to the ground. F/M Reddick suffered severe head trauma and died on 1/2/1986. He was 26 years old at the time of his death. Marcus Reddick even in death continued to save lives through the use of his liver, kidneys and heart implanted to keep life beating in other victims.

Captain Joseph P. McCarthy

Captain Joseph P. McCarthy, badge #420, served in the U.S. Navy. He was appointed on 9/24/1960. During 10/1965, he transferred to Engine 6. He was later promoted to Captain and transferred to Truck 12. On 11/24/1991, at Station 1644, during overhaul at an extinguished structure fire, he collapsed from cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 54 years old at the time of his death.

Michael J. DeLane

Fireman Michael J. DeLane, badge #387, was appointed on 5/2/1988 and was assigned to Engine 13. On 2/6/1989, he transferred to Rescue 1. In 1991, F/M DeLane received two commendations for bravery and saving a life. At Station 3241, while fighting a fatal two-alarm fire on 10/29/1994, he and another firefighter on an aerial came in contact with a live wire. Although both men were electrocuted, F/M DeLane came in contact with the wire a second time and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 33 years old at the time of his death.

Richard A. Heinze

Fireman Richard A. Heinze, badge #382, was appointed on 1/12/1972 and assigned to Engine 7. On 2/14/1983, he transferred to Truck 11. On 6/1/1992, he was elected President of the Newark Firemen’s Union. On 6/28/1998, he went back to the field and was assigned to Truck 12. On 6/4/1999, Truck 12 returned from a run and a short time later F/M Heinze collapsed in the bunkroom from cardiac arrest. All attempts to revive him were futile. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.

Lawrence J. Webb

Fireman Lawrence J. Webb, badge #624, was appointed on 4/21/1986 and assigned to Engine 13. On 5/22/2001, at Station 3543, he was fighting a blaze at 47 Beaumont Place when he was found in cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.

Cornelius M. Nolton

Fireman Cornelius M. Nolton, badge #147, was appointed on 6/14/1993 and assigned to Engine 29. He transferred to Truck 9 and later to Engine 18. On 7/23/07, F/M Nolton was detailed to Truck 9 and was raising a ladder at a two-alarm fire at Station 1532, 137 Brookdale Avenue and complained of a back injury. He was taken to University Hospital and later released. Later that day, he was in severe pain and was taken to Valley Hospital where he was admitted. Two days later, on 7/25/07, he died. He was 36 years old at the time of his death.

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