Memorial Monday – Louisville Recreation Center Fire

Memorial Monday

Incident Date: December 17, 1960
Department: Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Number of Line-of-Duty Deaths: 3

A Louisville fire captain, his aide and a firefighter were killed at a structure fire in a recreation center. The center contained a 40-lane bowling alley, restaurant, coffee shop, bar and night club. Steaks being grilled in the center’s coffee shop burst into flames. The firefighters were caught in a backdraft explosion. All three were caught in the collapse of the building. The captain was removed from the building and died enroute to the hospital. His aide was found later deceased in the building, suffering from fatal burns. The third firefighter was listed initially as missing and found later. Six other firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and other non-life-threatening injuries.

Killed in the Collapse


More About Memorial Monday

Memorial Monday is established to remember the sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty before the National Memorial was created in 1981. On the last Monday of every month, a firefighter, or groups of firefighters, will be remembered through information located about the firefighter and their sacrifice.