James Sweeney

Deputy Chief James Sweeney

Deputy Chief James Sweeney, of the Paterson Fire Department, along with four other firefighters, were killed in a wall collapse at the 4th alarm Quackenbush Warehouse fire on March 12, 1938. At the time of the collapse, the firefighters were making a plan to pull it down, as they knew it was in danger of falling. This was the greatest tragedy in the fire department’s history.

Leo Walsh

On June 28, 1941, Firefighter Leo A. Walsh, of Truck Company 3, fought a second alarm fire, during which there was heavy ladder use, at Bornstein Ribbon Mill. He became ill following the return to quarters and later found in the firehouse cellar with obvious signs of a severe stroke. He was hospitalized, never discharged, and died on December 24, 1941.

Charles McBennett

Firefighter Charles A. McBennett of Engine Company 1, a 20 year Paterson Fire Department veteran suffered a heart attack while fighting a Main Street fire on May 3, 1941. He was hospitalized and passed away 4 weeks later on May 28, 1941.

Daniel Leonard

Firefighter Daniel Leonard, of the Paterson Fire Department died on January 9, 1906, after sustaining severe injuries from falling from the apparatus as it was pulling out of the firehouse, responding to an alarm for a barn fire at 430 Ellison Street on October 20, 1905. He was hospitalized for several days and discharged to home. Against advice, he returned to work in a weakened state and was on duty on the theater detail when he passed out. He never recovered.

John Lair

Firefighter John C. Lair, of the Paterson Volunteer Fire Department, was one of the original members of the paid Paterson Fire Department, appointed in March of 1890. On November 22, 1900 as the driver of Engine Company 2, Firefighter Lair fell from the horse drawn hose wagon apparatus while responding to a General Alarm fire at the Ivanhoe Mill and was injured. He never returned to active duty. Eight months later on August 4, 1901, he died of complications from that injury.

Josiah Barton

Captain Josiah Barton of the Paterson Fire Department, passed away on January 13, 1928, from a heart attack while returning to quarters. Captain Barton had just completed commanding Engine Company 8 at a warehouse fire at 55 Market Street. He had been with the Department since 1895.

Louis Rodesky

Firefighter Louis Rodesky

Firefighter Louis Rodesky, of the Paterson Fire Department, along with four other firefighters, were killed in a wall collapse at the 4th alarm Quackenbush Warehouse fire on March 12, 1938. At the time of the collapse, the firefighters were making a plan to pull it down, as they knew it was in danger of falling. This was the greatest tragedy in the fire department’s history.

Allen Saal