On January 14, 1972, a box alarm came in for a 3 story brick building with heavy fire and smoke showing. For over 2 hours, the on and off duty member of the Little Rock Fire Department shot thousands of gallons of water into the aged brick building. The result was a thick, slick coating of ice on everything. Truck 4 was operating their ladder pipe and several men were operating hand lines between the truck and the building when suddenly a loud noise signaled the collapsing south wall with tons of falling brick and mortar. Firefighter Eric Oliver from Engine 5 and Firefighter Jerry Jacobs from Truck 4 were fatally crushed by the debris.
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.