Toledo Firefighters Museum The Ultimate Sacrifice

Dedicated to those who gave
their lives serving their community


Gone but not forgotten

brother when you weep for me
remember that it was meant to be
lay me down and when you leave
remember i'll be at your sleeve
in every dark and choking hall
i'll be there as you slowly crawl
on every roof in driving snow
i'll hold your coat and you will know
in cellars hot with searing heat
at windows where a gate you meet
in closets where young children hide
you know i'll be there at your side
the house from which i now respond
is overstaffed with heroes gone
men who answered one last bell
did the job and did it well
as firemen we understand
that death's a card dealt in our hand
a card we hope we never play
but one we hold there anyway
that card is something we ignore
as we crawl across a weakened floor
for we know that we're the only prayer
for anyone that might be there
so remember as you wipe your tears
the joy i knew throughout the years
as i did the job i loved to do
i pray that thought will see you through
Author unknown


James Welch (Pipeman) - Badge #75 - December 15, 1872
Killed when he fell from a ladder passing hose at a fire at 
Ottawa and Lafayette.


John Viebrook (Pipeman) - July 31, 1883
Fell from the top of  a hose drying tower after 
returning from a fire.



Capt. James Fraser - Badge #8 - January 3, 1894
Burned to death at King Elevator fire, body never found.



Capt. Oscar S. Wills - Badge #31 -May 22, 1898
Killed by falling walls at Down & Snell Wholesale Grocery
Superior and Jefferson



Capt. John M. Gallagher - September 19, 1900
Killed at a fire at Henry Rosen's Junk Warehouse
Corner of Vance and 13th



David D. Young (Pipeman) - Badge #187 - October 24, 1901
Died from injuries sustained when he fell through the 
pole hole at #13's Engine House



Capt. John B. Ward - Badge #11  - December 24, 1901
Killed responding to false alarm, Box 153, Nebraska and 
Hawley, when #7 Hook and Ladder collided with 
Oak Street car at  Collingwood and Door



Ralph H. Westfall (Pipeman) - Badge #78 - January 30, 1902
Died of injuries received  at Henry Rosen's Junk 
Warehouse fire.



Thomas J. Smith (Pipeman) - December 9, 1902
Killed by falling walls at Keifer Bros. Furniture Store, 
Dorr St.



Richard Donnelly (Pipeman) - Badge #209 - December 11, 1902
Died from injuries received at Keifer Bros. Furniture, 
Dorr St, Box 171.



William Croke (Fireman) - Badge #259 - April 11, 1908
Died of injuries received in an accident at #8 engine house.



John B. Kaintz (Fireman) - Badge #222 - February 24, 1915
Died of injuries received at #5 Engine House while 
answering an alarm to the Walbash Railroad Roundhouse



John C. Timmers (Fireman) - Badge #161 - April 20, 1916
Died from injuries received when #2's steamer ran over him 
at the corner of Erie and Adams, while responding to 
Box 34.



Albert T. Urie (Fireman) - Badge #101 - December 11, 1916
Killed at the Paddock Merchandise Company fire, 
114 St. Clair St.



Capt. Edward J. Welch - Badge #86 - December 11, 1916
Killed at the Paddock Merchandise Company fire, 
114 St. Clair St.



Paul J. Quigley (Fireman) - Badge #130 - February 14, 1931
Killed at #18's when he fell during ladder drill.



Capt. Andrew J. Flynn - Badge #241 - January 31, 1932
Died of injuries received when #16's ladder was involved 
in an accident with Community Traction Bus.



Bernard A. Orzechowski Badge #55 -  January 31, 1932
Died of injuries received when #16's ladder was involved 
in an accident with Community Traction Bus.



Edward Radunz (Fireman) - June 21, 1932
Died of injuries from fall at Willys Parkway and Berdan.



District Chief Vanner E. Wendt - Badge #192
December 25, 1933
Died of injuries when he was hit in the neck by a nozzle 
fighting a fire on Suder Ave.



Steven Fekete (Fireman)  - Badge #38 - September 15, 1936
Collapsed and died of of a heart attack in the seat of No 6's
ladder truck after returning from a house fire at Box 545.



District Chief George J. Ehmann - Badge #87
October 29, 1937
Killed in a collision at Lincoln and Lawrence 
responding to fire at Libbey High School.



Clemons P. Willacker (Fireman) - Badge #30
September 23, 1939
Died of heart attack fighting a fire in a warehouse
Lagrange and Water St..



Howard C. Rippel (Fireman) - Badge #263 - February 17, 1943
Burned to death at fire at 1005 W. Woodruff Ave., Box 168



Robert L. Fitzgerald (Fireman)  - Badge #228 - October 13, 1943
Heart attack while conducting Civil Defense Drill



James P. Fakehany (Fireman) - Badge #405 - February 12, 1944
Killed after he fell through the floor at fire at Colony Block, 
burned to death.



Timothy J. Morrissey (Fireman) - Badge #294
February 15, 1945
Died of heart attack fighting house fire at 1128 Dorr St.



Emil M. Steck, Jr. (Fireman) - Badge #389 - November 16, 1947
Died of injuries received in accident on November 13, 1947
involving #1's pumper.



Joseph Pietkowski (Fireman) - Badge #215 - June 6, 1950
Died of heart attack while fighting fire at 310 Bronson St.



Department Chief Karl B. Scheidler
November 2, 1952
Died of heart attack fighting a large marsh fire on 
November 1, 1952.



Donald W. Timiney - Badge #263 - February 20, 1953
Died from effects of a fire on Mayo St. The day before, 
two children had died in this fire.



John M. Jacoby (Fireman) - Badge #182 - March 18, 1955
Died of heart attack suffered at fire February 7, 1955



Kenneth Williams (Fireman) - Badge #16 - September 20, 1958
Killed at fire at S&S Distributors, 1100 W. Central Ave.



Robert G. Harrison (Fireman) - Badge #290 - June 15, 1961
Died as a result of burns received at explosion of 
gasoline truck at Anthony Wayne Trail and Vinton St. 
on June 10, 1961.


Glenn E. Carter (Fireman) - Badge #246 - June 23, 1961
Died as a result of burns received at explosion of 
gasoline truck at  Anthony Wayne Trail and Vinton St. 
on June 10, 1961.



William G. Genson (Fireman) - Badge #435 - July 10, 1961
Died as a result of burns received at explosion of 
gasoline truck at Anthony Wayne Trail and Vinton St. 
on June 10, 1961.



Deputy Chief Ewald Bode - July 28, 1961
Died as a result of burns received at explosion of 
gasoline truck at Anthony Wayne Trail and Vinton St. 
on June 10, 1961.



Lieutenant Chester A. Rybarczyk - Badge #109
September 2, 1967
Killed in fire at PeeWee's Bar, 5101 Suder Ave.



Louis W. Fuhr (Fireman) - Badge #427 - March 22, 1969
Killed responding to a false alarm when #18's pumper was 
struck by automobile at Jackman and Laskey Rd.



Deputy Chief Claude E. Willoughby - May 7, 1969
Died of heart attack while fighting multiple alarm fire at 
916 Lagrange st.



Capt. Robert J. Pietras - Badge #37 - June 21, 1969
Died as a result of injuries received fighting a fire at 
2472 Lawton, Box 1151, on June 10, 1969.



Ralph Arthur (Fireman) - Badge #315 - January 9, 1971
Died from heart attack resulting from exposure trying 
to rescue his two children from Maumee Bay after 
they broke through the ice in a snowmobile accident.



Donnie Cathcart (Fireman) - Badge #52 - May 19, 1981
Died as result of fighting a fire at Bell and Fernwood on 
May 18, 1981.


                        

MICHAEL J. DARRINGTON - Badge #223 February 27, 2009

Died as the result of a heart attack while on duty at Station #14.

 



Killed in Military Service During World War II
George Lutife
Louis M. Ziebar
Raymond A. Romeos (Fireman) - Badge #10
Eugene McHugh
Ralph L. Wiesenberg
Nicholas Seybold