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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Firefighter
Age: 41
Year of Death: 1971

John Spradling

John Spradling died when the driver of a car failed to yield to an oncoming tanker truck being driven by Spradling with its sirens sounding and its lights flashing in response to an automobile fire. In the collision, Spradling was killed when he was thrown from the cab of the truck. He had been with the Scottsdale Rural Fire Protection Company for ten years and was its first fatality.

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.

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