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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Firefighter
Age: 37
Year of Death: 1938

William J. Lynch Jr.

Firefighter William Lynch, of the Paterson Fire Department, along with four other firefighters, were killed in a wall collapse at the 4th alarm Quackenbush Warehouse fire on March 12, 1938. At the time of the collapse, the firefighters were making a plan to pull it down, as they knew it was in danger of falling. This was the greatest tragedy in the fire department’s history.

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