Indianapolis Firefighters Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Indianapolis Firefighters Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial We are open Monday - Friday, 9-4. Enter the SE corner of the building.

November 8, 1911 Lieutenant, Thomas S. Smith, age 68, "Old Tom".Hose Wagon  # 16 – died instantly from his injures susta...
11/08/2023

November 8, 1911 Lieutenant, Thomas S. Smith, age 68,
"Old Tom".
Hose Wagon # 16 – died instantly from his injures sustained from the hose wagon being struck by a street car. The streetcar dragged him several feet. Lieutenant Smith, one of IFD's first four black fire fighters, was en route to an alarm at 21st Street and Northwestern Avenue when the hose wagon was struck in the intersection of 16th Street and College Avenue.
He had retired in 1899 but was reinstated at his request a few months later.
DOB: 05/10/1843
Appt: 1876
Badge # 158
Driver at Hose Co. No. 9 in 1889 – 1893

Fifty years ago today was the Grant fire. The following was written by a good friend of the museum, Jack Finney.The site...
11/05/2023

Fifty years ago today was the Grant fire.
The following was written by a good friend of the museum, Jack Finney.

The site of the Grant Fire played a role in the history of IFD, beyond being the location of a very large, well-remembered fire. Before the Grant Building occupied that space there was a building known as the Glenn Building in the same location. It had originally been built in 1836, as a hotel named the “Washington Hall.” On February 6, 1843, it was heavily damaged by fire. It suffered further damage from two separate fires that occurred in 1848. These fires were all fought by the volunteer fire companies that protected Indianapolis back then. The hotel was renamed in 1851 and became “The Wright House.”
The Glenn family bought the hotel in 1859, the same year that IFD was formed. The Glenns remodeled the entire building so that it had retail space on the ground floor and offices on the second, and third floors. In May 1862, the City of Indianapolis signed a ten-year lease for the office spaces. These offices would be used by various city officials, including the Chief Fire Engineer. There was also a meeting room for the City Council. At that time, Indianapolis had no City Hall Building.
Also in 1862, IFD decided to build a watchtower as a place to put someone to be on the lookout for fires and give the alarm if one was spotted. They built their first one (they had three, at different times) on the roof of the 3-story Glenn Building.
The flat roof of the Glenn Building was approximately forty feet above the ground. The watch room was built about one story above the roof, making it about fifty feet above the ground. Today, that doesn't sound very tall, but there were no buildings taller than that, in Indianapolis, at the time the tower was built.
From their watch room, the watchmen had a view of the entire city. Of course, in those days, the city limits barely stretched beyond the mile square, and there were only about 20,000 citizens to protect.
The tower began service in June of 1862 but only lasted about 12 years. In 1874, the fire department decided that the watchtower was no longer necessary. Many of the alarms were now coming in by the telegraphic alarm system that the city had installed in 1868. The watchtower was abandoned. The idea would be tried again in a few years, but that's a story for another time.
In 1890, long after the city’s offices moved out and the watchtower had been abandoned, the Glenn Building was torn down, along with three other buildings to its east. Constructed in their place was a five-story department store called the "New York Store." Eventually, that building became home to the local branch of the W. T. Grant Company, a large national chain of variety stores. By the early 1970s, the Grant store had closed, and the Grant Building, as it had become known, by then, was getting old and dilapidated. The building was undergoing demolition and we all know what happened on November 5, 1973! But there is another tie between IFD and the area around the Grant Fire.
In 1872 the department built Reel House #10 on the northeast corner of Scioto and Maryland Streets. Scioto is the alley/street that runs north and south between Washington and Maryland Streets. The firehouse on Maryland was just down the alley from the New York Store.
Reel House #10 was only in service for a couple of years before it was torn down to allow a larger station to be built on the same lot. Station #7, aka the "Central Station," opened on Maryland Street, in January 1875. Then, in 1896, the 7s moved to another station and the Maryland Street building became Station #13.
The 13s remained here until moving to a new station in 1912. The station was used for storage for a few years until 1915 when it became Station 31.
After the 31s were (temporarily) taken out of service in 1922, the building was sold. It eventually became the Berry Brothers Paint Company. On March 9, 1953, their building was heavily damaged in a two-alarm fire and torn down shortly after that. The station site and some additional property became a parking lot. About two dozen cars parked in this lot were destroyed during the Grant Fire.

Captain James O. George, November 5th, 1910, E-27, Overcome at the Veneer works fire January 1909 and never recovered.DO...
11/05/2023

Captain James O. George,
November 5th, 1910, E-27, Overcome at the Veneer works fire January 1909 and never recovered.
DOB: 1861
Appt: 04/29/1891
Ret: 02/03/1909
Badge # 72

NAME: Gerald A. BrooksDOB: 08/24/1972APPOINTED: 03/20/2000END OF WATCH: 11/2/2021BADGE NUMBER: 617As we continue to mour...
11/02/2023

NAME: Gerald A. Brooks
DOB: 08/24/1972
APPOINTED: 03/20/2000
END OF WATCH: 11/2/2021
BADGE NUMBER: 617
As we continue to mourn the sudden loss of our brother Gerald Brooks, the following information is available. It was determined that Gerald died of complications from COVID19. The IFD will be honoring Gerald with full honors and a presumptive line of duty death service.
Firefighter Brooks will be buried at Springs Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Saturday November 13th.

November 1, 1931 Lewis Stanley, Age 43, Engine  # 16 – Lieutenant, died instantly from his injuries sustained after Engi...
11/01/2023

November 1, 1931
Lewis Stanley, Age 43, Engine # 16 – Lieutenant, died instantly from his injuries sustained after Engine # 16 was struck by a car at 16th Street and Central Avenue while responding to a box alarm at 15th Street and Lafayette Street that turned out to be a false alarm,
DOB: February 26, 1888
Appt: 1/6/1922
Badge #66
Buried at Crown Hill, Sect: 74, Lot: 196.
Also killed was the engine house mascot, A Bull dog named "Spot".

November 1st, 1965
Alfred L. Shewman, Age 53, Engine 19.
After being severely over come by smoke inhalation earlier in the day, He was found dead of a massive heart attack in his sleep at station 19.
DOB: 3/20/1912
APPT: 1/1/42
Badge #153
Buried at Calvary Cemetery.

Arthur P. Lee, 51 Private, Ladder 3.FIREMAN DIES OF INJURIES SUFFERED FIVE YEARS AGOAfter suffering for five years from ...
10/25/2023

Arthur P. Lee, 51 Private, Ladder 3.
FIREMAN DIES OF INJURIES SUFFERED FIVE YEARS AGO
After suffering for five years from injuries sustained in the city's service, Arthur P. Lee, retired city Fireman, died at his home in the Ballard apartments Saturday night. While assisting in fighting a fire at the All Saints Cathedral, Lee of Truck three was stationed on the roof lost his Balance and fell, alighting on a picket fence. A steel paling penetrated his shoulder. He was unable to work for some time and from then until Jan. 1, 1920, when he was retired. His name was kept on the roster. Lee joined the Indianapolis department May 1, 1898, coming to Indianapolis from Lawrence Mass. He served as a private during most of his twenty-one years' service but was a captain from March, 1917, until January, 1918 He was 51 years old.
DOB: June/1866
APPT: 05/01/1898
Badge # 77

October 24, 1952 Arthur Maar, Age 61, Engine  # 29 – Private, Died from his injuries sustained after falling off the bac...
10/24/2023

October 24, 1952 Arthur Maar, Age 61, Engine # 29 – Private,
Died from his injuries sustained after falling off the back of the engine while making a turn at Shelby Street and Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive while responding to a shed fire at 500 South Asbury Street. He died from his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
DOB: 10/05/1891
Appt: 06/04/1921
Badge # 504

October 15th 2015, Private Joel Johnston, Age 45Ladder 29, A-shiftPvt. Johnston passed away due to an aggressive form of...
10/15/2023

October 15th 2015,
Private Joel Johnston, Age 45
Ladder 29, A-shift
Pvt. Johnston passed away due to an aggressive form of cancer that was a result of his job as a firefighter. He had been diagnosed in February of 2015.
DOB: 10/11/1970
Appt:03/08/1999
Badge #641

Lt. Norbert L. Champion. Ladder, 34.DOB: 10/31/1930Appt: 03/24/1955Died: 10/12/1974While on duty at station 34. Lt. Cham...
10/12/2023

Lt. Norbert L. Champion. Ladder, 34.
DOB: 10/31/1930
Appt: 03/24/1955
Died: 10/12/1974
While on duty at station 34. Lt. Champion, officer of ladder 34, suffered a fatal heart attack walking through the bay behind the truck.
He was 43.
Badge # 907
Buried at Washington Park East.

October 7, 1923 Louis C. Lauth, age 34, Squad  # 1 – Private, Died from his injuries sustained after Squad  # 1 struck a...
10/08/2023

October 7, 1923
Louis C. Lauth, age 34, Squad # 1 – Private,
Died from his injuries sustained after Squad # 1 struck a traffic signal pole in the 900 Block of North Meridian Street while responding to a working residence at 2342 North Talbott Street.
He was thrown forward into the chemical tank on Squad # 1 causing his injuries.
DOB: 02/18/1889
Appt: 01/01/1920
Badge # 377
Burial at Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery

This should have been posted much earlier today........October 6, 1911.Engineer, Patrick Murphy, Engine 11, Age 54.DOB: ...
10/07/2023

This should have been posted much earlier today........

October 6, 1911.
Engineer, Patrick Murphy, Engine 11, Age 54.
DOB: March 15, 1853 (In Canada)
Apt: August 6, 1894
Died in his sleep of a heart attack while on Duty at station 11.
Prior to joining IFD Charles was an outfielder with the Washington Senators.
Badge # 122.
Buried at Crown Hill Cemetery. Section 35, Lot 132.

10/04/2023
Today would have been George’s birthday.  Hard to believe been a year since he passed in a few days.He would have been 8...
09/18/2023

Today would have been George’s birthday. Hard to believe been a year since he passed in a few days.
He would have been 81
Happy birthday George!
Love you miss you baby!!

September 17, 1979Michael J. Kriech, Age 32, Squad  # 29 – Lieutenant, On September 10, 1979. While responding to an aut...
09/17/2023

September 17, 1979
Michael J. Kriech, Age 32, Squad # 29 – Lieutenant, On September 10, 1979. While responding to an automobile accident at Troy Avenue and Madison Avenue. Squad #29 was struck by a train in the 800 block of E. Troy Avenue.
He was hospitalized and died a week later.
DOB: 12/19/46
Appt:10/1/69
Badge # 1075
Father of Michael Kriech.
Buried at Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery.

Lt. Carl Kloepper, E-13.Carl Kloepper, 45 years old. 730 Orange street, a member of the Indianapolis fire department for...
09/13/2023

Lt. Carl Kloepper, E-13.

Carl Kloepper, 45 years old. 730 Orange street, a member of the Indianapolis fire department for 23 years, was found dead In his bed yesterday morning In Engine House No. 13, Capitol avenue and Maryland street. Lieut. Kloepper was born in In Indianapolis and attended local schools. He was a member of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church. Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Elsie Kloepper; one son, Lawrence Kloepper of Brownsburg, and a grandson. Ruddy Kloepper also of Brownsburg. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the home with the Rev. F. R. Paries, pastor of the Zion church, officiating. Burial will be In Crown Hill cemetery,

DOB: 03/30/1898
APPT: 10/21/1921
Died: 09/13/1944
Badge # 607

The Indianapolis Star
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
14 Sep 1944, Thu

09/11/2023
September 10, 1967.Lt. Donald B. Everton, 38 years old, was found dead at Fire Station 18, 3130 West Washington Street, ...
09/10/2023

September 10, 1967.
Lt. Donald B. Everton, 38 years old, was found dead at Fire Station 18, 3130 West Washington Street, where he was stationed, at 10:30 am.
Death was attributed to a heart attack, evidently suffered during sleep. Lt. Everton, 5025 South State Avenue, was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and had been a member of the fire department 12 years. He was a member of the International Association of Firefighters and the Indiana Fireman's Association. Mr. Everton served in the United States Army in World War II.
DOB: 08/12/1929
Appt: 03/24/1956
Badge # 925
Buried at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery, Greenwood In.

Jack Wieck, September 3rd, 1936, E-13, Found dead in the alley next to station 13, It is believed he fell out of a windo...
09/03/2023

Jack Wieck,
September 3rd, 1936, E-13,
Found dead in the alley next to station 13, It is believed he fell out of a window.
"Wieck is believed to have laid in the alley nearly two hours in the rain before he was found. Investigators said Wieck went upstairs about 10 p.m., and that he had not yet undressed for bed when the accident occurred. He lost his balance and fell out of the window while trying to open it. His head struck an iron grating in the alley, fracturing his skull and causing deep cuts."
DOB: 05/18/1894
APPT: 06/14/1921
Badge # 625
Buried Washington park East.

August 28, 1893Benjamin F. Plummer, Hook and Ladder  # 1, a horse drawn aerial truck, - Driver, died from his injuries a...
08/28/2023

August 28, 1893
Benjamin F. Plummer, Hook and Ladder # 1, a horse drawn aerial truck, - Driver, died from his injuries after being thrown from the truck after hitting a pole. Truck # 1, which responded from station # 1, was en route to a box alarm when the accident occurred at the intersection on Pennsylvania Street and Washington Street.

From the book, “History of the Indianapolis Fire Department, 1893”.
"One sad accident occurred during this period, the death of Benjamin F. Plummer, driver of the aerial truck, one of the most efficient men in the force.
His death occurred at 10:30 p. WC., of August 28th, while driving to a fire. The truck, always a difficult vehicle to manage, veered out of its course as it entered Washington street from Pennsylvania going east, and struck a pole in the middle of the street carrying an electric railroad wire. His last words were of his family.
In the midst of his agony he pleaded that his wife and little ones should be cared for".
Buried Crown Hill Cemetery.

August 21, 1882Lendall B. Yeaton, superintendent of the fire alarm telegraph of this city since its introduction, In May...
08/21/2023

August 21, 1882
Lendall B. Yeaton, superintendent of the fire alarm telegraph of this city since its introduction, In May 1867, died last evening at his residence, on - - North Delaware street, with paralysis. He had been bed fast for two years. During 1873, while answering an alarm, Mr. Yeaton was injured in a collision with a reel, from the effect of which he never recovered. A fall in later years intensified the injury, and at the burning of the high school building, - which was set on fire during a heavy storm, he was badly shocked while turning in a second alarm. He was also shocked on several other occasions while at work with the wires, and this battened the disease which terminated fatally. His death has been anticipated for many weeks, and poor Yeaton, himself, was anxious for an ending. The deceased was aged 43 and leaves a wife and three' children. He was a past officer in the metropolitan encampment and Philoxenia lodge, I. O. O. F., and Star lodge X. of P., and he also carried insurance of $2,500 in the Odd Fellows Mutual Aid association. These several fraternities will Head the funeral 1. p. m. Thursday. This morning representative of the fire department met at headquarters to take appropriate action relative to his death. Chief Webster presided, and Joe L. Gaspar was chosen secretary. It was resolved that a detail be made from each engine and reel company, thirty-one men in all all, to attend the funeral, under the captaincy of Wm. Ling, foreman of the No. 7s. The initiative was also taken for the drafting of resolutions in memoriam, and James H. Davis, of headquarters, and A.F. Danforth, of the 4s, were appointed pallbearers. It can be said of the deceased, that he was a man abounding in noble qualities. During the war he served as an electrician and saw dangerous service, and plenty of it. He came to this city to the employ of the Cleveland company, to establish the fire alarm system, and being a complete and valuable man, the city council elected him superintendent, a position which he held without opposition until his death. Since the beginning of the illness which incapacitated him from service, his work has been done by volunteers of the department. After his death last evening the bells of the department were tolled in memoriam, each stroke, forty-three in all, representing one year of his life.
DOB: January 6th, 1839
APPT: circa, 1867
Badge # unknown

August 20, 1939 Matthew Dillane, Truck  # 19 – Private, Age 50. Died from fume inhalation of chlorine gas while fighting...
08/20/2023

August 20, 1939 Matthew Dillane, Truck # 19 – Private, Age 50. Died from fume inhalation of chlorine gas while fighting a chemical laboratory fire on August 18, 1939 at the cities sewage treatment plant located on South Belmont Street.
DOB: 10-28-1888 (Ireland)
Appt: 08-17-1920
Badge # 400
Father of Captain Matt Dillane (1941-1977)
Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.

August 18,1941. Private Alfred H. Stumm, age 35. E-20.Detailed to the shop, He was sent, on duty to paint the basement o...
08/18/2023

August 18,1941.
Private Alfred H. Stumm, age 35. E-20.
Detailed to the shop, He was sent, on duty to paint the basement of Chief Fred C. Kennedy's home. Fumes from the paint remover caused an explosion when the water heater ignited killing him and severely burning Arnold Phillips who would later become Chief of the Department.
After a Grand Jury investigation others were investigated for having work done at their homes but Chief Kennedy was the only one demoted, to Captain.
And Chief Herbert H. Fulmer became Big Chief.
DOB: 6/23/1906 (In Germany)
APPT: 2/11/38
Badge # 128
Buried at Concordia Cemetery, INDPLS. IN.

August 17, 1963 Roy Pope Jr., age 39, Engine  # 1 – Lieutenant, Collapsed and died from smoke inhalation after becoming ...
08/17/2023

August 17, 1963
Roy Pope Jr., age 39, Engine # 1 – Lieutenant,
Collapsed and died from smoke inhalation after becoming separated from his crew and running out of air while fighting a 2nd alarm building fire at 1915 West 18th Street.
DOB: March 1st 1924
Appt: July 1st 1946
Badge # 478
Member 1st Board of Fire Credit Union. 1956.
And a Army Veteran of WW-II
Buried Crown Hill Cemetery.

Box 336 Charles Bruning Co. - 1915 W. 18th Saturday, August 17, 1963 At 5:54P. M. on Saturday, August 17, 1963, a telephone call reported a fire at 1915 W. 18th St. Box 336 was sounded immediately and District 1, Engines 5, 9 and 23 and Truck 5 responded. Involved in the fire was a one-story building of concrete block construction owned by R. J. Findlyson and occupied by the Charles Pruning Company as a Reproduction Supplies and Equipment Warehouse. At 5:02 P. M. District 1 called for a second alarm, to which Chief Phillips, Ass is tan j- ; t Chief Richard, Van Sant, Engines 1, 7 and 30, Truck 30, Squad l4, Light Wagon 13 and Hose Tender 6 responded. Seven 2-1/2" hose lines and 6 1-1/2" lines were layed to bring the fire under control. Lieutenant Roy Pope of Engine Company #1 was fatally overcome by smoke, and Private David Clardy was sent to General Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. All companies returned to station by 8:28 P. M. Cause of the fire was unknown and loss not immediately determined. The Findlayson Distributing Company, occupant of the second half of the building, suffered smoke and water damage.
Working Time - 27 hrs. 23 mins.
Pumping Time - 7 -hrs, 40 min
Hose Lines - 4400' 2-1/2" and 600' 1-1/2"
142 ft. Ladders - lU2 ft.
Box - 4:54 P.M.
Second Alarm - 5:02 P. M.
Out Time -. 8:28 P. M.
Cause - Unknown Loss

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August 16, 1954 Morris E. Princell, Age 41.Engine  # 23 – Private, died from his injuries sustained after falling off th...
08/16/2023

August 16, 1954
Morris E. Princell, Age 41.
Engine # 23 – Private, died from his injuries sustained after falling off the back of the engine while putting on his turn out coat at 27th Street and Annette Street while responding to a car fire on August 10, 1954. After remounting the Engine and returning to work, he later collapsed, was transported to the hospital, and died six days later due to a head injury.
DOB: 01/31/1913
Appt: 04/01/1941
Badge # 293
Buried Crown Hill Cemetery

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The Indianapolis News
Indianapolis, Indiana
17 Aug 1954, Tue • Page 6

By BESS WATSON

As a fireman, Morris E. Princell, 41, who died last night In Methodist Hospital, was devoted to his duty. He was a quiet, unassuming man, but always on the job. It was in the line of duty that he received the injury that brought about his death, lie fell August 10 from a Station 23 pumper at 27th and Annette on a run to extinguish a blaze in a car. Mr. Princell's home was at 2636 E. 40th. Life long resident of Indianapolis, he was appointed to the Fire Department in June, 1939, and assigned to Station 28. Later he was transferred to Station 22, where he served nearly five years; then went to Station 32, in Broad Ripple, where he stayed five years also. Since November, 1951, he had been at Station 23. Amateur photography was Mr. Princell's major hobby and he shared with others his photographic experience, helping his fellow firemen to develop and enlarge favorite photographs. A graduate of Shortridge High School, Mr. Princell played football there. Fond of Fishing, Mr. Princell recently had purchased a cabin In Canada, and planned to spend future vacations there and perhaps make it a permanent home In the future. Mr, Princell was a member of Ebenezer. Evangelical Lutheran Church and Millersville Masonic Lodge. Services will be at 3.30 p m. Thursday in Flanner and Buchanan Broad Ripple Mortuary.

August 14, 1969 Charles R. Ends, Age 34, Engine  # 28 – Chauffeur, While riding out as the officer, died from injuries s...
08/14/2023

August 14, 1969
Charles R. Ends, Age 34,
Engine # 28 – Chauffeur, While riding out as the officer, died from injuries sustained from a secondary explosion at a service station while down in the basement fighting the fire at a Wake-Up gas station, 1101 East 38th Street.
DOB: 03/11/1935
APPT: 01/11/1959
Buried at Washington Park.
Badge number 392.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) One fireman was killed and more than a dozen, others were injured Thursday as an explosion destroyed a service station where they were fighting a fire. "Firemen were blown all over the place," said Don Bollinger, fire prevention chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department. "At least two were very badly hurt." 1 - . Bollinger said he thought at least 15 firemen were injured and taken away in the many ambulances that came to the scene. Fireman Charles Ends, 34, was dead on arrival at General Hospital. THE SERVICE station manager, Sammy King, 28, and an employe, Richard Littrell, 15, were also injured, along with two policemen. King was listed in critical condition at a hospital. The two policemen injured, Jack Tin-dall and Michael Kress, were treated at General and released. Bollinger said the firemen had been called to the Wake Up station, near the State Fairgrounds, after a smaller explosion there. Gasoline being transferred from one underground tank to another apparently had ignited on the surface, he said. - Gasoline fumes then built up in the basement of the station, leading to the second explosion, which occurred less than 10 minutes after the first, Bollinger said. Ends was in the basement at the time of the second blast, which scattered bricks and concrete blocks over a half-block area. Security police at the nearby Purdue University regional campus reportedly put out a blaze in a pool of gasoline running down busy 38th Street. The immediate area was littered with firemen's boots and slickers after the big explosion. Three vacationing volunteer firemen from Waterford, Conn., Les Brewster, Jack Davis and Tom Harding, helped remove the injured. They were at a restaurant across the street from the station when the explosion occurred.

August 13, 2000 Warren J.C. Smith, Age 28Engine  # 14 - Private, died while performing a training dive, Pvt. Smith becam...
08/13/2023

August 13, 2000
Warren J.C. Smith, Age 28
Engine # 14 - Private, died while performing a training dive, Pvt. Smith became entangled in search ropes. While trying to surface, air clots caused him to go into cardiac arrest.
DOB: 07/24/1972
Appt: 10/05/1995
Badge #577
Buried at Washington Park North.

Captain, John M. Mountain.August 12th1904, Hose Wagon 14, Died of his injuries suffered on September 21, 1902 when hose ...
08/12/2023

Captain, John M. Mountain.
August 12th1904,
Hose Wagon 14, Died of his injuries suffered on September 21, 1902 when hose company 14 collided with a street car at 13th and Illinois. He suffered a severe brain injury, two broken arms and a dislocated shoulder and was thought to be getting better and had returned to the companies for a short time.
His brother Michael was also on the job at station 19.
DOB: 1854.
Buried at Holy Cross, Saint Joseph Cemetery.

It was good to finally see this project come together. The museum, IndyPL and Crown hill started researching this in Dec...
07/14/2023

It was good to finally see this project come together. The museum, IndyPL and Crown hill started researching this in December of 2019.

From the Indianapolis Star, Thursday, July 9th 1914"The Funeral of William Hinesley a retired fireman, Who succumbed Sun...
07/07/2023

From the Indianapolis Star, Thursday, July 9th 1914
"The Funeral of William Hinesley a retired fireman, Who succumbed Sunday (July 7th) of injuries received in the Bowen-Merrill fire of March 17 1890 will be held at the Hinesley home, 254 Hamilton ave. at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Hinesley who was 62 years old when injured in the fire which several were crushed to death beneath a falling wall. He recovered for a time and was able to re-enter the service but was forced to retire in 1897. He was born in Indianapolis and became a member of the fire department in 1874. The Knight of the Pythias will have charge of the funeral."
DOB February 4th 1852
Appt. 1874.
Retired 1897.
Badge #3
Buried at Crown Hill.

Indianapolis News June 29, 1918.BERT SWIGGETT DIES SUDDENLY OF APOPLEXY WAS BATTALION CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN THE S...
07/01/2023

Indianapolis News June 29, 1918.

BERT SWIGGETT DIES SUDDENLY OF APOPLEXY WAS BATTALION CHIEF OF FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN THE SERVICE 21 YEARS.

Bert Swiggett battalion chief in the first district. Indianapolis fire department suffered a sudden attack of apoplexy (stroke) today at engine house No.1 at Indiana avenue and Michigan street, where he was stationed, and died a few minutes later.
He was forty-five years old and had been connected with the fire department for the last twenty-one years. Firemen at this Engine house said Chief Swiggett complained to them of not feeling well just a short time before he died and told them he was going upstairs to the bedroom to rest a while. He sat down in a chair in one of the dressing rooms and suddenly called to one of the men to send for William M. Grady, captain of this company, who was downstairs.
Captain Grady said when the found Swlggett he had fallen out of his chair and was lying prostrate on the floor. Captain Grady called a physician, and an effort was made to rush him to the city hospital, but he died before the ambulance arrived. Chief Swiggett was one of the most popular and widely known firemen in the department, His jovial disposition, and untiring efforts to do his duty at times won him not only several promotions, but the respect and good will of his superiors and associates. He made a careful study of fires and the method of fighting them, and always stood for that which would increase the efficiency of the department.
John C. Loucks, chief of the department, was deeply affected when he learned of Chief Swiggett death. “His death is not only a great loss to the fire department, but to the city of Indianapolis as well," said the chief. "I regarded him as one of the most efficient firemen in the department." Appointed in 1897. Chief Swiggett was born In Boone County, Indiana, June 27, 1873, and was appointed to the Indianapolis fire department in 1897 on the same day that Captain Grady, who was with him when he died, was appointed. Both had been fast friends ever since their appointment Chief Swiggett was promoted to the rank of captain in 1902 at the beginning of the Shank administration he was promoted to cellar Inspector.
He served in that capacity until November 1915 when he was changed to the rank of captain and assigned to engine house No.6 at West and Washington street. At the beginning of the administration of Mayor Charles W. Jewett he was promoted to the rank of battalion chief and was assigned to the First district.
Chief Swiggett was a member of the Masonic lodge and took an active part in the affairs of the fire department. He is survived by the widow, one son. aged fifteen, a brother and his father.
Appt 12/21/1896
Buried at Crown hill
Badge #11

June 19, 1913 Daniel Deveny, Hose Wagon  # 13 - Private,Died after being hit by a train while he was struck by a C, H&D....
06/19/2023

June 19, 1913
Daniel Deveny, Hose Wagon # 13 - Private,
Died after being hit by a train while he was struck by a C, H&D. passenger train as he was walking on the C, H.&D. right-of-way near the Noble street crossing.
According to newspaper articles, Pvt. Deveny was on vacation at the time of the accident. Under present day standards, this would not be a line of duty death; however, his name has always appeared on LODD list.
He was an Irish Immigrant from Galway Ireland.
Oddly enough he had worked for the C, H.&D railroad before becoming a firefighter.
Appointed: May 12, 1905
Badge # 194
Buried at Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery.

Thomas M. Donoghue, age 51 Engine  # 4 – Lieutenant,Collapsed from a heart attack while fighting a residence fire at 100...
06/01/2023

Thomas M. Donoghue, age 51 Engine # 4 – Lieutenant,
Collapsed from a heart attack while fighting a residence fire at 100 South East Street on May 31, 1977.
He died the following day.
Lt. Donoghue was stationed at Station 4 for the last two years. He had earlier been at Station 15 for three years and at Station 7 for 15 years.
He suffered slight injuries last month when a car struck Engine 4 on which he was riding en route to a fire.
He was on light duty until April 1976, after he was injured while fighting a fire in January 1976.
A lifelong Indianapolis resident, Lt. Donoghue was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 416, and the Indiana Fire Fighters Association.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Burial was in Washington Park East Cemetery.

DOB: 12/26/1925
Appt: 2/26/1953
LODD: 6/1/1977
Badge # 87

May 31 1940Lieutenant John D. Feeney. 48, Engine 29Died on duty at station 29 of an apparent heart attack.DOB: October 1...
05/31/2023

May 31 1940
Lieutenant John D. Feeney. 48, Engine 29
Died on duty at station 29 of an apparent heart attack.
DOB: October 17, 1890
APPT: 10/21/1913
Badge # 302
Father of John F. Feeney (1940-1965)
Great Grandfather of Capt. Daniel J. Danny Feeney.

May 31, 1945
Everett L. Jackson, Engine # 12 – Private,
Suffered a heart attack while fighting a fire set during a riot at Fort Benjamin Harrison.
Two thousand men were being held in a prison compound at the fort for crimes they committed while serving in the Army.
Buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Appt:1/27/34
Badge # 691

May 30, 1942 Frederick E. Fries, Age 46,Chief of Battalion  # 2, Fries suffered a heart attack while directing suppressi...
05/30/2023

May 30, 1942
Frederick E. Fries, Age 46,
Chief of Battalion # 2, Fries suffered a heart attack while directing suppression efforts at a 2nd alarm fire at 418 East 9th Street and died a short time later at the hospital.
DOB: October 13, 1895
Appt: 4/21/1920
LODD: May 30,1942
Badge # 139
He had been secretary-treasurer of Local No.416.
And a WWI veteran.
Buried at Washington Park East Cemetery.

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Tomlinson Hall at the corner of Market and Delaware. Housed the city market. This is 1958 and Carl Fox, from 27’s, is on the ladder where the arrow is.
Station 27 - approx. 1950’s - the second guy from the left is my father in law, Carl Fox. He was with IFD 39 years. Mostly at 27’s
Just a little something I created with permission from Mike Wenzlaff, since it's his original pic. Rodger at his best.
I found this photograph on another FB page. One of the comments was these were IFD. Does anyone recognize these “happy” firefighters?
Dinges Fire Company is looking to hire sales reps for the state of Indiana, if your looking for a fun part time job this is it.
Contact Jeff Starbuck 269-876-0173 or email [email protected]
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