Memorial Monday – St. Louis Apparatus Crash (MO)

Memorial Monday

Incident Date: June 9, 1952
Department: St. Louis Fire Department (MO)
Number of Line-of-Duty Deaths: 3

On June 9, 1952, St. Louis Fire Department Engine 17 and Hook and Ladder 9 were dispatched to a residential fire call. As they responded to the incident, they collided at the intersection of Vandeventer Avenue and Easton Avenue (now Martin Luther King Drive).

Three firefighters were killed, and six others were injured in the crash. Among the deceased were 39-year-old Private Bernard Crump, 25-year-old Private Clarence Paschang, and 37-year-old Private William Grady.

Private Crump left behind a family of four children and Private Paschang was proceeded in death by both his parents. Private Grady was the first African American St. Louis firefighter to die in the line of duty in St. Louis.

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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.