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CFD Line of Duty Deaths

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  Name Date Company Incident
77 Nickels, Richard G. 4/03/2012 Ladder Co. 2 Disabled for 29 years as a result of working at a structure fire at 1816 W. 50th.

76

Edward M. Carey  6/18/1995

Captain
Engine Co. 13

Was in a coma for 16 years as a result of oxygen deprivation following a fall caused by a rotten step while searching the basement of the Barkwell School, 5295 Barkwell..

75

Daniel R. Pescatrice 12/31/1985 Engine Co. 22 Trapped and overcome in fire at Milner Electric Company, 3804 St. Clair Avenue

74

Richard F. Ward 12/3/1983

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 9

Collapsed in quarters after returning from a high rise drill.

73

John W. McNamee 12/7/1974

Rescue Squad 1

Overcome, collapsed, and died while involved in rescue operations at Hawley House hotel fire, 229 St. Clair Avenue

72

Edward J. Gresky, Jr.  2/12/1974

Rescue Squad 1

Fell through floor at a fire in a vacant 4 story brick commercial building, 1430 West 9th Street.

71

Frank L. Bonacci 10/10/1972 Engine Co. 6 Collapsed while working at fire in apartment house, 18518 Harvard Ave.

70

Joseph A. DeCrane 7/22/1972 Ladder Co. 12 Died from injuries suffered when thrown from ladder truck en route to alarm at S.S.Kresge Company, 2180 Brookpark Road.
69 Salvatore Mazzola Jr.  1/15/1970 Engine Co. 36 Collapsed and died in station after returning from fire in vacant dwelling, 3720 E. 131 Street
68 John J. Gallagher  6/ 2/1969

Captain
Engine Co. 23

Collapsed at fire at St. Anthony Home for Boys, 8301 Detroit Avenue
67 John D. Ruszkowski  4/15/1969 Engine Co. 11 Collapsed at fire in commercial garage, 10200 Meech Avenue, and never regained consciousness.
66 George J. Solloway 3/14/1969 Engine Co. 13 Collapsed while working at a fire at Smerda Music House, 5800 Broadway.
65 Dennis J. Connors 12/15/1968

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 12

Died of injuries suffered when falling through floor at fire in dwelling at 12310 Erwin Avenue SW.
64 David W. Hunger 10/14/1967 Engine Co. 7 Injured in apparatus accident with auto at East 40th Street and Central Avenue en route to false alarm at East 61st Street and Central Avenue
63 Stanley W. Lawson, Sr. 12/24/1966 Ladder Co. 5 Collapsed at station after returning from fire in 3 story apartment, 2835 West 25th
62 Joseph G. Toolis  8/ 4/1966 Ladder Co. 12 Injured by Magnesium explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.
61 Charles G. Doehner  8/ 4/1966

Rescue Squad 2

Died from injuries suffered in Magnesium explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.
60 John A. Petz  8/ 4/1966

Rescue Squad 2

Injured by Magnesium explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.
59 Ralph E. Simon  8/ 4/1966 Engine Co. 33 Injured by Magnesium explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.
58 Robert L. Marquard 9/ 1/1963 Ladder Co. 7 Succumbed from burns from explosion at Avis Truck Fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.
57 Robert H. Jones  8/15/1963 Engine Co. 3 Died as a result of injuries suffered from flying debris from explosion at Avis Truck Fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.
56 John T. McKenna  8/13/1963 Engine Co. 14 Died from injuries in explosion at Avis Truck Fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.
55 Edwin J. Hart 8/13/1963

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 3

Trapped under debris at Avis Truck fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.
54 Robert J. Ternansky  2/ 9/1963 Battalion 4 aide Died from injuries incurred by falling concrete and section of coping and parapet at fire in 3 story apartment, 1706 East 85th Streets.
53 Kenneth F. Jacklitz  2/ 9/1963

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 7

Collapsed and died while working at fire in abandoned Penn Square Hotel, 1922 East 55th Street.
52 John J. Finucan 2/ 8/1963 Engine Co. 29 Overcome, collapsed, and died at fire in 2½ story dwelling at 10312 Somerset avenue overcome, collapsed, and died at fire in 2½ story dwelling at 10312 Somerset Avenue
51 Walter A. Kress 12/1/1962

Captain
Engine Co. 24

Collapsed and died as a result of a grass fire at
W. 48 & Park

50 Charles A. Prymmer  1/ 7/1960 Bureau of First Aid
and Rescue
Collapsed and died while working at three-story apartment building fire, 1846 East 90th Street.
49 John W. Poe, Sr.  9/27/1959

Captain
Engine Co. 17

Overcome by smoke, collapsed, and died at Ideal Macaroni Company fire, East 20th Street and Scovill Avenue.
48 Joseph W. Vlasty 2/25/1956 Engine Co. 24 Died from a heart problem encountered at Saron Packaging Company, 3131 W. 31st. Street. 
47 Henry F. Lange 7/ 9/1949

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 13

Collapsed from heart attack and died at small garage fire at 16326 St. Clair Ave
46 John J. Kilbane  5/12/1949 Engine Co. 19 Collapsed at fire in  Milnar Company, a furniture manufacturer, 5213 Euclid Ave.
45 Harry H. Spencer 1/16/1948 Engine Co. 6 Trapped under collapsing structure at  Russo Wine Co. fire, 2807 Lorain Avenue
44 Paul I. Green 1/16/1948 Hose Co. 2 Trapped under collapsing structure at  Russo Wine Co. fire, 2807 Lorain Avenue
43 Theodore P. Brenyas 3/26/1947

Captain
Engine Co. 23
(serving as acting battalion chief)

Trapped under falling debris and walls of Franklin Blvd. Methodist Church, West 32nd Street and Franklin Blvd.
42 James J. Cull  4/19/1945 Engine Co. 34 Driver of Engine Co. 34.  Died of injuries when thrown from apparatus in vehicle accident.
41 Norman H. Kitzerow 3/11/1944 Engine Co. 20 Trapped under collapsing wall in fire at Cleveland Union Stockyards, 3200 West 65th Street.
40 Patrick J. Mangan  3/11/1944 Engine Co. 20 Trapped under collapsing wall in fire at Cleveland Union Stockyards, 3200 West 65th Street.
39 Charles W. Klocksen  3/31/1943

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 6

Collapsed and died at fire in Oster Manufacturing Co., 2057 East 61st Street
38 Roy Haylor 12/11/1938

Captain
Engine Co. 10

Died of effects of chronic coronary thrombosis from fumes inhaled at Park Theater Fire.
37

Leo A. Murphy

 
5/ 5/1935

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 26

Died from injuries suffered when thrown from apparatus in accident at East 79th Street and Woodland en route to false alarm at 7600 Platt Avenue.
36 Fred E. Brown  2/ 8/1935

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 13

Died of injuries sustained at fire in Atlas Steel Supply Co., 4401 Trumbull Avenue.
35 Michael Bolivar 11/26/1932 Engine Co. 19 Died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident en route to alarm on E. 77 Street.
34 Daniel J. O'Laughlin  3/20/1932 Engine Co. 28 Died as a result of exposure during a fire on March 16th at Century Power Building.
33 Arthur E. Stanbury 12/26/1928 Ladder Co. 8 Died of injuries when thrown from truck at E. 79th and Cedar after truck skidded into a pole en route to fire at 7713 Central Ave.
32 Walter Reed 10/23/1923

Battalion Chief
Battalion 8

Died from effects of carbon monoxide poisoning after being overcome at fire in American Tent and Awning Co., 12006 Euclid Ave.
31 Patrick H. Jordan  6/3/1921

Captain
Engine Co. 4

Died of injuries suffered by fall (fire pole) at quarters.
30 William J. Haley  2/20/1921 Engine Co. 12 Accident responding to 2223 West 61 Street (Box 878) .
29 William P. Rush, Sr 5/11/1917

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 27

Died of injuries suffered when thrown from horse drawn wagon of Engine 27 at Lakeside and West 3rd en route to alarm at West 3rd and the railroad crossing.
28 James R. Killoran 10/26/1915

Captain
Hose Co. 6

Accident between apparatus and street car at East 43 and Central Avenue while responding to shed fire at 2418 E. 61st Street.  Six men were injured and Captain  Killoran died later of his injuries
27 Herman David 6/19/1911 Engine Co. 13 Thrown from engine on Dille Road hill en route to fire at Grasselli Chemical Company.
26 William D. Rowe  3/10/1906 Engine Co. 3 Injured in accident with trolley car on Central Avenue opposite Station No. 3
25 James Schweda 11/16/1903 Ladder Co. 2 Trapped under collapse of building used as streetcar barns, 1313 Pearl Street.  Killed instantly.
24 Robert Duffy 11/16/1903 Ladder Co. 2 Trapped under collapse of building used as streetcar barns, 1313 Pearl Street.  Killed instantly.
23 Robert Reid 11/16/1903 Ladder Co. 2 Trapped under collapse of building used as streetcar barns, 1313 Pearl Street.  Died at hospital.Car belonged to Cleveland Electric Railway
22 Joseph L. Flaherty 4/20/1903 Hose Co. 2 was on duty in the second floor dormitory, apparently during the night he got up and fell through a trap door to the first floor and suffered head and neck injuries and died an hour later.  
21 Patrick H. Joyce 12/4/1902 Engine Co. 14 Trapped under falling walls at fire in factory of Likely & Rockett factory at Case and Hamilton Streets
20 Sheldon Wright 8/19/1901

Battalion Chief
Battalion 5 

Collapsed after returning from fire at Cleveland Storage Co., Scranton and Girard.
19 William H. Roth  3/24/1899

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 7

Injured by collapse of floor at fire in the Cleveland Machine Screw Works, 325-89 Perkins Avenue.  The fire started in Dangler Stove Works next door.
18 Sylvester Esterle  7/14/1898 Engine Co. 8 Driver, thrown from steamer on Jefferson Street hill en route to alarm at Henry Box Works, 132 Jefferson Street.
17 William B. MacFeeters 12/23/1897

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 1

Fell down open elevator shaft from fourth floor of Powers Block on Frankfort Street during a fire.
16 William A. Reynolds  8/15/1897

Captain
Engine Co. 8

Collapsed and died while working at a fire at 314 Starkweather Ave.
15 Michael Walsh 10/10/1896 Engine Co. 1 Fell from hose cart en route to a fire, taken to a hospital and died of those injuries.
14 Willis Hizer  9/29/1894 Ladder Co. 1 Injured when thrown from ladder truck en route to Box 9 and died as a result of those injuries.
13 Michael J. Howley 12/3/1891 Engine Co. 6 Thrown from a ladder by falling debris while fighting fire in Scott & Foreman Co. block on Superior Street side that destroyed a total of 10 buildings.
12 John Grady 11/15/1891

Captain
Engine Co. 1

Trapped under falling debris while working at Scott & Foreman Co. fire downtown.on the Franklin St. Side
11 Henry Ressler 10/26/1891

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 1

Died as a result of injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder during a drill.
10 Samuel Peace 5/18/1891 Engine Co. 5 Died as a result of abscess caused by work-related conditions
9 Timothy Graham 10/20/1888 Cadet in training Died as a result of injuries from fall while training on newly acquired Pompier ladder.
8 Henry Gensert 6/11/1887 Ladder Co. 2 Thrown from Chemical B (manned by members of Ladder Co. 2) while en route to Box 125
7 Henry C. Harmon, Jr. 1/14/1884 Engine Co. 12 Died from complications from the cold and exposure while working at the Park Theater fire
6 John T. Gillson 6/6/1882

Captain
Ladder Co. 2

Died from the effects of inhaling sulfuric acid while working at a fire at Powell Tool Company at Winslow and Elm Streets in the Flats.
5 John F. Maher 9/11/1879 Engine Co. 13 Died from effects of consumption contracted in department service.
4 Samuel A. Fitch  4/10/1879 Ladder Co. 2 Thrown from apparatus in a collision with Pearl Street street car while responding to an alarm.
3 Henry O. Loomis 2/14/1873

Captain
Protection Comp

Thrown from salvage wagon at St. Clair & Wood Streets while responding to an alarm..
2 John C. Sturges 8/28/1870 Engine Co. 5 Accident with hose cart.  Pinned up against left wheel of steamer while tending fire box.
1 Paul N. Aukens 2/27/1869 Engine Co. 1 Died from injuries after being buried by falling debris at fire in the New England Block, 45 Broadway. 

 

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