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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Captain
Year of Death: 1967

Charles E. Larson

Captain Larson was critically injured fighting a blaze at a warehouse just south of the 11th Street viaduct when a section of the building collapsed on him and three other firefighters.

Charles was a World War II veteran with a Bronze Star, who served in the Battle of the Bulge.

He worked as a police officer for four years and then transferred to the fire department in 1950.

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  1. Forever a legend! We love you Grandpa!!

    – Kristofer Perkins
  2. Grandpa Chuck,
    You were a hero to those who knew you…and to those of us who never had the privilege. You survived the 30th Infantry Division, “Old Hickory,” fighting at the Battle of the Bulge during WW II, serving your country. You returned to SD and married Lois Larson. Together you had three children, Alan, Kris, and Tania. Serving your community as a Fire Captain in 1967, responding to a fire in a abandoned warehouse, you made the ultimate sacrifice. Several of your fellow firefighters were injured. The fire was ultimately deemed a arson fire. A senseless, cowardly act taking such a honorable and brave life… A husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather. I’ve always missed you and I’ve always loved you. Darci XOXO

    – Darci Golden