Clarence Ruth Malphrus was a Fire Warden for the S.C. Forestry Commission. On May 30, 1949, he was killed in the line of duty, in an automobile accident. The SC Supreme Court ruled that his death was “in the line of duty”.
This firefighter line of duty fatality occurred before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was built in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While this firefighter has not been officially honored at the Memorial site, there are plans to do so when resources are available.