Hoseman John J. Mulhern and five members of the same fire company lost their lives during a fire at the George Bent Bedding Company, which occurred in the early morning hours of February 5, 1898, during a collapse of the interior floors.
Hoseman Mulhern was born on December 25, 1867. He was employed as a carpenter before he was appointed to the Department on October 14, 1892. He was assigned to the double-engine company Engine 38/39 (South Boston), where he remained since appointment.
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.