John Hoffman

Firefighter John Hoffman of the Benton Harbor Fire Department, died on September 6, 1896, along with 11 other firefighters, during a wall collapse at the Yore’s Opera House in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Both the St. Joseph Fire Department and the Benton Harbor Fire Department lost firefighters that day.  On September 8th, 1896 a huge memorial ceremony was performed at the old Central School yard.  A Bronze Sculpture of a Fireman carrying a small child was dedicated in St. Joseph Michigan on May 31, 1898. The statue remains today and is a symbol of the fire departments and all who risk their lives, whether it be as a paid employee or a volunteer fire department member. Another memorial for the Benton Harbor fireman stands in Crystal Springs Cemetery, in the “fireman’s circle”. The cause of this fire was never determined.

Lewis Hoffman

Firefighter Lewis Hoffman, of the Benton Harbor Fire Department, died on September 6, 1896, along with 11 other firefighters, during a wall collapse at the Yore’s Opera House in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Both the St. Joseph Fire Department and the Benton Harbor Fire Department lost firefighters that day.  On September 8th, 1896 a huge memorial ceremony was performed at the old Central School yard.  A Bronze Sculpture of a Fireman carrying a small child was dedicated in St. Joseph Michigan on May 31, 1898. The statue remains today and is a symbol of the fire departments and all who risk their lives, whether it be as a paid employee or a volunteer fire department member. Another memorial for the Benton Harbor fireman stands in Crystal Springs Cemetery, in the “fireman’s circle”. The cause of this fire was never determined.

Arthur Hill

Firefighter Arthur C. Hill, of the St. Joseph Fire Department, died on September 6, 1896, along with 11 other firefighters, during a wall collapse at the Yore’s Opera House in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Both the St. Joseph Fire Department and the Benton Harbor Fire Department lost firefighters that day.  On September 8th, 1896 a huge memorial ceremony was performed at the old Central School yard.  A Bronze Sculpture of a Fireman carrying a small child was dedicated in St. Joseph Michigan on May 31, 1898. The statue remains today and is a symbol of the fire departments and all who risk their lives, whether it be as a paid employee or a volunteer fire department member. Another memorial for the Benton Harbor fireman stands in Crystal Springs Cemetery, in the “fireman’s circle”. The cause of this fire was never determined.

Edward Gange

Firefighter Edward H. Gange, of the St. Joseph Fire Department, died on September 6, 1896, along with 11 other firefighters, during a wall collapse at the Yore’s Opera House in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Both the St. Joseph Fire Department and the Benton Harbor Fire Department lost firefighters that day.  On September 8th, 1896 a huge memorial ceremony was performed at the old Central School yard.  A Bronze Sculpture of a Fireman carrying a small child was dedicated in St. Joseph Michigan on May 31, 1898. The statue remains today and is a symbol of the fire departments and all who risk their lives, whether it be as a paid employee or a volunteer fire department member. Another memorial for the Benton Harbor fireman stands in Crystal Springs Cemetery, in the “fireman’s circle”. The cause of this fire was never determined.

James T. Glass

James T. Glass

On July 23, 1916, Firefighter James T. Glass, of the Austin Fire Department responded to the new department’s first major fire in the Kreisle Building, located at Congress Avenue and 4th Street, and still stands today. Firefighter James T. Glass had his spine crushed when he was caught under a falling wall and staircase. He lay paralyzed at Brackenridge Hospital until his death on August 17, 1917.  Four firefighters were also seriously injured.

In memory of his ultimate sacrifice, Glass’s badge number, “13” was permanently retired and it’s also why Austin Fire Department does not have a Station 13 today. However, in 2010, Engine 50 located at Austin Fire Department’s Central Station downtown, was re-named Engine 13 in his honor. That same year, it was discovered that Firefighter Glass had been buried in an unmarked grave. The Austin Fire Museum purchased a headstone that was installed on August 17, 2010, with full Austin Fire Department honors and Glass was posthumously awarded the Austin Fire Department Medal of Honor.

Aaron Scott Chassells

Aaron Scott Chassells

Lieutenant Aaron Scott Chassells, age 48, of the North Little Rock Fire Department died on September 18, 2021, of complications of COVID-19.

M. McQuade

On July 10, 1893, Driver M. McQuade, of the World’s Fair Fire Department, along with twelve other firefighters died in the line of duty while fighting the White City Fire of 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. The Cold Storage Building was one of the largest buildings at the fair and was a technological marvel of 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, making ice, keeping meat cold and boasting an indoor ice-skating rink. Like many buildings at the Fair, the Cold Storage building was erected quickly with little concern for safety. On July 10th, the alarm sounded at 1:30 p.m. when a small fire at the top of the flue stack was spotted. fire erupted in the building killing 17 people in total in front of a crowd of tens of thousands of onlookers. The responders came from the World’s Fair fire service and the local fire station, which was only a few blocks away.

Donald J. Trout

Donald J. Trout

Lieutenant Donald J. Trout, age 53, of the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit died on August 27, 2021, after suffering a heart attack while responding to a hazardous materials incident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Larry Gene Wyant

Larry Gene Wyant

Firefighter Larry Gene Wyant, age 67, of the Joes Volunteer Fire Department died on October 26, 2021, while fighting a wind-driven fire in a corn field.

Norman G. Whitener

Norman G. Whitener

Captain Norman G. Whitener, age 51, of the Hickory Fire Department died on July 1, 1984, after suffering a heart attack on the scene of an apartment fire.