/ Memorials

Honoring Toledo firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

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Captain James Welch

December 15, 1872

Fell when attempting to slide down fire hose from 4th floor of the Bronson Tobacco Works fire

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2nd Pipeman John Viebrook

July 31, 1883

Fell from top of hose tower after returning from fire

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Captain James Fraser

January 3, 1894

Burned to death at the King Elevator Fire, his body was never recovered

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Captain Oscar S. Will

May 22, 1898

Killed by falling walls at Dow & Snell Wholesale Grocery, Superior & Jefferson

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Captain John H. Gallagher

September 19, 1900

Died during firefighting operations at Henry Rosen’s Junk Warehouse, Vance & 13th

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Fireman David D. Young

October 21, 1901

Fell through the pole hole at Station 13, Front & Paine

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Captain John B. Ward

December 24, 1901

Died when #7 Hook & Ladder collided with streetcar at Collingwood & Dorr Street

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Hoseman Ralph H. Westfall

January 30, 1902

Died of injuries received at Henry Rosen’s Junk Warehouse, Vance & 13th

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Hoseman Thomas J. Smith

December 9, 1902

Killed by falling walls at Kiefer Brothers Furniture Store fire, Dorr St. & Palmwood

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Hoseman Richard Donnelly

December 9, 1902

Died of injuries received at Kiefer Brothers Furniture Store fire, Dorr St. & Palmwood

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Assistant Chief Peter McDonough

December 19, 1907

Assistant Chief McDonough died while on duty at fire station 3

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Fireman William E. Croke

April 11, 1908

Fell from a ladder while repairing a window and fell through pole hole

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Engineer John B. Kaintz

February 25, 1915

Died of injuries received at Station 5 while answering alarm at Wabash Railroad House

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Hoseman John C. Timmers

April 20, 1916

Died after being run over by Steamer #2 at Erie & Adams while responding to Box 34

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Hoseman Albert T. Urie

December 11, 1916

Died during firefighting operations at the Paddock Merchandise Company at 114 St. Clair Street

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Captain Edward J. Welch

December 11, 1916

Died during firefighting operations at the Paddock Merchandise Company at 114 St. Clair Street
(He was the son of James Welch, the first fireman killed in the line of duty in Toledo)

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District Chief John Tiernan

August 8, 1917

Chief Tiernan died while on duty at fire station 6

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Ladderman Paul J. Quigley

February 13, 1931

Died at Station 18 when he fell during ladder drill

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Captain Andrew J. Flynn

January 31, 1932

Died when #16 Ladder collided with Community Traction Bus

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Bernard A. Orzechowski

Ladderman January 31, 1932

Died when #16 Ladder collided with Community Traction Bus

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Foreman Edward Radunz

June 21, 1932

Died from fall at Willys Parkway & Berdan Avenue

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Hoseman Vanner E. Wendt

December 25, 1933

Died of injuries from firefighting operations on Suder Avenue

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Fireman Stephen Fekete

September 14, 1936

Died of a heart attack while returning from a fire on Yondota Street

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Dist. Chief George Ehmann

October 29, 1937

Died from injuries in a collision at Lincoln & Lawrence

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Hoseman Clemons P. Willacker

September 23, 1939

Died of a heart attack during firefighting operations in a warehouse at Lagrange & Water Streets

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Fireman Howard C. Rippel

February 17, 1943

Burned to death at a fire at 1005 West Woodruff

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Inspector Robert L. Fitzgerald

October 13, 1943

Suffered a heart attack during civil defense demonstration

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Fireman James P. Fakehany

January 12, 1944

Burned to death at the Colony Block fire

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Hoseman Timothy J. Morrissey

February 15, 1945

Died of a heart attack during firefighting operations at 1128 Dorr

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Fireman Emil M. Steck, Jr.

November 16, 1947

Died in accident involving #1 Pumper

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Fireman Joseph C. Pietkowski

June 6, 1950

Died of a heart attack during firefighting operations at 310 Bronson

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Chief Karl B. Scheidler

November 2, 1952

Died of a heart attack as a result of
fighting a large marsh fire

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Fireman Edward A. Stapleton

January 1, 1953

Died of a heart attack while on duty at Station 18.

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Fireman Donald Timiney

February 20, 1953

Suffered a heart attack the day after a fire on Mayo Street

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Fireman John Jacoby

March 18, 1955

Died as a result of exposure to toxic smoke from X-ray film/equipment

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Fireman Louis Palenske

May 8, 1957

FIreman Palenske suffered a stroke while on duty at station 21

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Fireman Kenneth L. Williams

September 20, 1958

Died during firefighting operations at S & S Distributors, 1100 West Central

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Private Robert G. Harrison

June 15, 1961

Died as a result of burns suffered at the Anthony Wayne Trail tanker fire, June 10, 1961

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Private Glen E. Carter

June 23, 1961

Died as a result of burns suffered at the Anthony Wayne Trail tanker fire, June 10, 1961

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Private William G. Genson

July 10, 1961

Died as a result of burns suffered at the Anthony Wayne Trail tanker fire, June 10, 1961

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Dep. Chief Ewald E. Bode

July 28, 1961

Died as a result of burns suffered at the Anthony Wayne Trail tanker fire, June 10, 1961

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Private Ralph Kachenmeister

February 23, 1962

Died on duty while in quarters at station 24, “C” platoon

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Private Leo Nalodka

April 22, 1964

Became ill while on duty at Station 7, died at St. Vincent's Hospital.

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Lt. Chester Rybarczyk

September 2, 1967

Died during fire fighting operations at Pee Wee’s Bar, 1501 Suder Ave.

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Private Louis W. Fuhr

March 22, 1969

Died in a collision involving #18 Pumper and an auto, Jackman & Laskey

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Dep. Chief Claude E. Willoughby

May 7, 1969

Died of a heart attack during firefighting operations at multiple alarm fire at 916 Lagrange St.

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Captain Robert J. Pietras

June 21, 1969

Died of injuries suffered during firefighting operations at 2472 Lawton on June 20, 1969

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Private Ralph D. Arthur

January 9, 1971

Died while rescuing his children from a snowmobile accident

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Private Donnie Cathcart

May 19, 1981

Died as a result of firefighting operations at Bell & Fernwood on May 18, 1981

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Private Michael Darrington

February 27, 2009

Died while on duty at Station 14 shortly after returning from an E.M.S. incident

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Private Stephen A. Machcinski

January 26, 2014

Died during firefighting operations at 528 Magnolia Street.

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Private James A. Dickman

January 26, 2014

Died during firefighting operations at 528 Magnolia Street.

Firefighters Killed During Military Service In World War II

George Lutife

Louis M. Ziebar

Raymond A. Romeos

Eugene McHugh

Ralph L. Wissenberg

Nicholas Seybold