Honoring Fire Fighters Who
Sacrificed All In The Line Of Duty

Fundraising Campaign  $17,596.53

Goal $50,000

WHO WE ARE

The Cleveland Fire Fighters Memorial Fund (CFFMF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization registered with the Ohio Secretary of State and the IRS.

We were incorporated in 1993 with the sole purpose of building a memorial to honor the 77 brave Cleveland Fire Fighters who gave their lives in the line of duty.

In 2007 we dedicated the memorial, a colorful fiberglass statue of two fire fighters putting out large flames created by nationally acclaimed sculptor Luis Jimenez. The names of the 77 fire fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice are engraved in the granite base under the statue.

The CFFMF Board of Trustees are:

Captain Brian DeGardeyn, CFD – President; Timothy O’Toole, Retired Assistant Chief, CFD – Vice President; Captain Kenneth Latkovic, CFD – Treasurer; Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo, CFD; Captain Tim Corcoran, CFD, President Local 93, IAFF; Walter Zimmerer, Retired Chief, CFD; and Peter Jedick, Retired Lt., CFD

WE NEED YOUR HELP

2014-11-24 13.34.51In the past year the two fiberglass fire fighters have exhibited some structural flaws. We have contracted with ICA-Art Conservation, a Cleveland company, to repair the damage. The estimated cost of the repairs will be $50,000.

Anyone interested in contributing to the CFFMF repair fund please click the link button above to donate. Contributions can be made by credit card through PayPal or by sending check or money order. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information about our fund raising efforts please read the June 13, 2017, Cleveland Plain Dealer story about philanthropist Sam Miller’s gift to the memorial. Click here to view the story.

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c/o Cleveland Fire Department Headquarters
1645 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

 

Fallen Firefighters

 

NAME

 

NAME AND PLACE ON MEMORIAL

 

DATE OF
DEATH

 

DATE OF INJURY

 

COMPANY

 

INCIDENT

 

Paul N. Aukens

 

Paul Aukins
panel 1, number 1

 

2/27/1869

 

2/24/1869

 

Engine Co. 1

 

Died from injuries after being buried by falling debris at fire in the New England Block, 45 Broadway.

 

John C. Sturges

 

John C. Sturges
panel 1 , number 2

 

8/25/1870

 

8/25/1870

 

Engine Co. 5

 

Accident with hose cart.  Pinned up against left wheel of steamer while tending fire box.

 

Henry O. Loomis

 

Henry O. Loomis
panel 1, number  3

 

2/14/1873

 

1/16/1873

 

Captain
Protection Co.

 

Thrown from salvage wagon at St. Clair & Wood Streets while responding to an alarm..

 

Samuel A. Fitch

 

Samuel Fitch
panel 1, number  4

 

4/10/1879

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 2

 

Thrown from apparatus in a collision with Pearl Street street car while responding to an alarm.

 

John F. Maher

 

John F. Maher
panel 1, number  5

 

9/11/1879

 

– – – –

 

Engine Co. 13

 

Died from effects of consumption contracted in department service.

 

John T. Gillson

 

John T. Gillson
panel 1, number  6

 

6/6/1882

 

4/10/1882

 

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.

 

Henry C. Harmon, Jr.

 

 

Henry C. Harmon
panel 1, number  7

 

1/15/1884

 

1/6/1884

 

Engine Co. 12

 

Died from complications from the cold and exposure while working at the Park Theater fire.

 

Henry Gensert

 

Henry Gensert
panel 1, number  8

 

6/11/1887

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 2

 

Thrown from Chemical B (manned by members of Ladder Co. 2) while en route to Box 125

 

Timothy Graham

 

Timothy Graham
panel 1, number  9

 

10/20/1888

 

10/17/1888

 

Cadet in training

 

Died as a result of injuries from fall while training on newly acquired Pompier ladder.

 

Samuel Peace

 

Samuel Pease
panel 1, number  10

 

5/18/1891

 

– – – –

 

Engine Co. 5

 

Died as a result of abscess caused from a fall from apparatus months earlier..

 

Henry Ressler

 

Henry Ressler
panel 1, number  15

 

10/26/1891

 

same date

 

 

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 1

 

Died as a result of injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder during a drill.

 

John Grady

 

John Grady
panel 1, number  11

 

11/15/1891

 

same date

 

Captain
Engine Co. 1

 

Injured while working at Scott & Foreman Co. fire downtown.

 

Michael J. Howley

 

Michael Howley
panel 1, number  12

 

12/ 3/1891

 

11/15/1891

 

Engine Co. 6

 

Injured while fighting fire in Scott & Foreman Co. block on Frankfort Street that destroyed a total of 10 buildings.

 

Willis Hizer

 

Willis Hizer
panel 1, number  13

 

9/29/1894

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 1

 

Injured when thrown from ladder truck en route to Box 9 and died as a result of those injuries.

Michael Welch  

Michael Walsh
panel 1, number  14

 

9/12/1896

 

9/10/1896

 

Engine Co. 1

 

Fell from hose cart en route to a fire, taken to a hospital and died of those injuries.

 

William A. Reynolds

 

William A. Reynolds
panel 1, number  16

 

8/15/1897

 

same date

 

Captain
Engine Co. 8

 

Collapsed and died while working at a fire at 314 Starkweather Ave.

 

William B. MacFeeters

 

William B. MacFeeters
panel 1, number  17

 

12/23/1897

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 1

 

Fell down open elevator shaft from fourth floor of Powers Block on Frankfort Street during a fire.

 

Sylvester Esterle

 

Sylvester Esterle
panel 1, number  18

 

7/14/1898

 

7/1/1898

 

Engine Co. 8

 

Driver, thrown from steamer on Jefferson Street hill en route to alarm at Hemry Box Works, 132 Jefferson Street.

 

William H. Roth

 

William Roth
panel 1, number  19

 

3/24/1899

 

same date

 

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.

 

Sheldon Wright

 

Sheldon Wright
panel 1, number  21

 

8/19/1901

 

same date

 

Bat. Chief
Battalion 5

 

Collapsed after returning from fire at Cleveland Storage Co., Scranton and Girard.

 

Patrick H. Joyce

 

Patrick Joyce
panel 1, number  22

 

12/ 4/1902

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 14

 

Trapped under falling walls at fire in factory of Likly & Rockett Case and Hamilton Streets.

 

Joseph L. Flaherty

 

Joseph L. Flaherty
panel 1, number  20

 

4/20/1903

 

4/20/1903

 

Hose Co. 2

 

Tripped in dark in dormitory at Station 35 and fell down pole hole opening.

 

 

Robert Reid

 

Robert Reid
panel 1, number  23

 

11/16/1903

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 2

 

Trapped under collapse of building used as car barns, 1313 Pearl Street.  Died at hospital.

 

Robert Duffy

 

Robert Duffy
panel 1, number  24

 

11/16/1903

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 2

 

Trapped under collapse of building used as car barns, 1313 Pearl Street.  Killed instantly.

 

James Schweda

 

James Schweda
panel ,1 number  25

 

11/16/1903

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 2

 

Trapped under collapse of building used as car barns, 1313 Pearl Street.  Killed instantly.

 

William D. Rowe

 

William D. Rowe
panel 1, number  26

 

3/10/1906

 

3/ 9/1906

 

Engine Co. 3

 

Injured in accident with trolley car on Central Avenue opposite Station No. 3

 

Herman David

 

Herman David
panel 1, number  27

 

6/19/1911

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 13

 

Thrown from engine on Dille Road hill en route to fire at Grasselli Chemical Company.

 

James R. Killoran

 

 

James R. Killoran
panel 1, number  28

 

10/26/1915

 

same date

 

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.

 

William P. Rush, Sr.

 

William P. Rush, Sr.
panel 1, number  29

 

5/11/1917

 

same date

 

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.

 

William J. Haley

 

William J. Haley
panel 1, number  30

 

2/20/1921

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 12

 

Accident responding to 2223 West 61 Street (Box 878) .

 

Patrick H. Jordan

 

Patrick Jordan
panel 1, number  31

 

6/3/1921

 

same date

 

Captain
Engine Co. 4

 

Died of injuries suffered by fall through pole hole at quarters.

 

Walter Reed

 

 

Walter Reed
panel 1, number  32

 

10/23/1923

 

same date

 

Bat. Chief
Battalion 8

 

Died from effects of carbon monoxide poisoning after being overcome at fire in American Tent and Awning Co., 12006 Euclid Ave.

 

Arthur E. Stanbury

 

Arthur Stansbury
panel 1, number  33

 

12/26/1928

 

same date

 

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.

 

Daniel J. O’Laughlin

 

Daniel O’Laughlin
panel 1, number  34

 

3/20/1932

 

3/16/1932

 

Engine Co. 28

 

Died as a result of exposure during a fire on March 16th at Century Power Building.

 

Michael Bolivar

 

Michael Bolivar
panel 1, number  35

 

11/26/1932

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 19

 

Died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident en route to alarm on E. 77 Street.

 

Fred E. Brown

 

Fred Brown
panel 1, number  36

 

2/ 8/1935

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 13

 

Died of injuries sustained at fire in Atlas Steel Supply Co., 4401 Trumbull Avenue.

 

Leo A. Murphy

 

 

Leo Murphy
panel 1, number  37

 

5/ 5/1935

 

same date

 

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.

 

Roy Haylor

 

Roy Haylor
panel 1, number  38

 

12/11/1938

 

12/11/1938

 

Captain
Engine Co. 10

 

Died of effects of chronic coronary thrombosis from fumes inhaled at the Luna Park Fire, Woodland Avenue and Woodland Road .

 

Charles W. Klocksen

 

Charles Klocksen
panel 2, number  1

 

3/31/1943

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 6

 

Collapsed and died at fire in Oster Manufacturing Co., 2057 East 61st Street

 

Patrick J. Mangan

 

Patrick Mangan
panel 2, number  2

 

3/11/1944

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 20

 

Trapped under collapsing wall in fire at Cleveland Union Stockyards, 3200 West 65th Street.

 

Norman H. Kitzerow

 

Norman Kitzerow
panel 2, number  3

 

3/11/1944

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 20

 

Trapped under collapsing wall in fire at Cleveland Union Stockyards, 3200 West 65th Street.

 

James J. Cull

 

James J. Cull
panel 2, number  4

 

4/19/1945

 

4/17/1945

 

Engine Co. 34

 

Driver of Engine Co. 34.  Died of injuries when thrown from apparatus in vehicle accident.

 

Theodore P. Brenyas

 

Theodore Brenyas
panel 2, number  5

 

3/26/1947

 

same date

 

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.

 

Paul I. Green

 

Paul I. Green
panel 2, number  6

 

1/16/1948

 

same date

 

Hose Co. 2

 

Trapped under collapsing structure at  Russo Wine Co. fire, 2807 Lorain Avenue.

 

Harry H. Spencer

 

Harry Spencer
panel 2, number  7

 

1/16/1948

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 6

 

Trapped under collapsing structure at  Russo Wine Co. fire, 2807 Lorain Avenue.

 

John J. Kilbane

 

John J. Kilbane
panel 2, number  8

 

5/12/1949

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 19

 

Collapsed at fire in  Milmar Company, a furniture manufacturer, 5213 Euclid Ave.

 

Henry F. Lange

 

Henry F. Lange
panel 2, number  9

 

7/ 9/1949

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 13

 

Collapsed from heart attack and died at small garage fire at 16326 St. Clair Ave.

 

Joseph W. Vlasty

 

Joseph Vlasaty
panel 2 , number  10

 

2/25/1956

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 24

 

Died from a heart problem encountered at Saron Packaging Company, 3131 W. 31st. Street.

 

John W. Poe, Sr.

 

Jack W. Poe
panel 2, number  11

 

9/27/1959

 

same date

 

Captain
Engine Co. 17

 

Overcome by smoke, collapsed, and died at Ideal Macaroni Company fire, East 20th Street and Scovill Avenue.

 

Charles A. Prymmer

 

 

Charles Prymmer
panel 2, number  12

 

1/ 7/1960

 

same date

 

Bureau of First
Aid and Rescue

 

Collapsed and died while working at three-story apartment building fire, 1846 East 90th Street.

 

Walter A. Kress

 

Walter Kress
panel 2, number 13

 

12/ 1/1962

 

same date

 

Captain
Engine Co. 24

 

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

 

John J. Finucan

 

John J. Finucan
panel 2, number  14

 

2/ 8/1963

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 29

 

Overcome, collapsed, and died at fire in 2½ story dwelling at 10312 Somerset Avenue

 

Kenneth F. Jacklitz

 

Kenneth F. Jacklitz
panel 2, number  15

 

2/ 9/1963

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 7

 

Collapsed and died while working at fire in abandoned Penn Square Hotel, 1922 East 55th Street.

 

Robert J. Ternansky

 

Robert Ternansky
panel 2, number  16

 

2/ 9/1963

 

same date

 

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.

 

Edwin J. Hart

 

Edwin J. Hart
panel 2, number  17

 

8/13/1963

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 3

 

Trapped under debris at Avis Truck fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.

 

John T. McKenna

 

John T. McKenna
panel 2, number  18

 

8/13/1963

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 14

 

Blown into the street in explosion at Avis Truck Fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.

 

Robert H. Jones

 

Robert H. Jones
panel 2, number  19

 

8/15/1963

 

8/13/1963

 

Engine Co. 3

 

Died as a result of injuries suffered from flying debris from explosion at Avis Truck Fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.

 

Robert L. Marquard

 

Robert L. Marquard
panel 2, number  20

 

9/ 1/1963

 

8/13/1963

 

Ladder Co. 7

 

Died as a result of extensive burns from explosion at Avis Truck Fire, 1204 Carnegie Avenue S.E.

 

Ralph E. Simon

 

Ralph E. Simon
panel 2, number  21

 

8/ 4/1966

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 33

 

Injured by explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.

 

John A. Petz

 

John A. Petz
panel 2, number  22

 

8/ 4/1966

 

same date

 

Rescue
Squad 2

 

Injured by explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.

 

Charles G. Doehner

 

Charles G. Doehner
panel 2, number  23

 

8/ 4/1966

 

same date

 

Rescue
Squad 2

 

Died from injuries suffered in explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.

 

Joseph G. Toolis

 

Joseph G. Toolis
panel 2, number  24

 

8/ 4/1966

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 12

 

Injured by explosion at Metallurgical, Inc., 9801 Walford Avenue S.W.

 

 

Stanley W. Lawson, Sr.

 

 

Stanley Lawson
panel 2, number  25

 

 

12/24/1966

 

 

same date

 

 

Ladder Co. 5

 

 

Collapsed at station after returning from fire in 3 story apartment, 2835 West 25th

 

David W. Hunger

 

David W. Hunger
panel 2, number  26

 

10/14/1967

 

same date

 

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

 

Dennis J. Connors

 

Dennis J. Connors
panel 2, number  27

 

12/15/1968

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Ladder Co. 12

 

Died of injuries suffered when falling through floor at fire in dwelling at 12310 Erwin Avenue SW.

George J. Solloway  

George J. Solloway
panel 2, number  28

 

3/13/1969

 

 

same date

 

 

Engine Co. 13

 

Collapsed while working at a fire at Smerda Music House, 5800 Broadway.

 

John D. Ruszkowski

 

John D. Ruszkowski
panel 1, number  39

 

4/15/1969

 

4/ 1/1969

 

Engine Co. 11

 

Collapsed at fire in commercial garage, 10200 Meech Avenue, and never regained consciousness.

 

John J. Gallagher

 

John J. Gallagher
panel 1, number  40

 

6/ 2/1969

 

same date

 

Captain
Engine Co. 23

 

Collapsed at fire at St. Anthony Home for Boys, 8301 Detroit Avenue

 

Salvatore Mazzola Jr.

 

 

Salvatore Mazzola
panel 1, number  41

 

1/15/1970

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 36

 

Collapsed and died in station after returning from fire in vacant dwelling, 3720 E. 131 Street.

 

Joseph A. DeCrane

 

Joseph A. DeCrane
panel 1, number  42

 

7/22/1972

 

same date

 

Ladder Co. 12

 

Died from injuries suffered when thrown from ladder truck en route to alarm at S.S.Kresge Company, 2180 Brookpark Road.

 

Frank L. Bonacci

 

Frank L. Bonacci
panel 1, number  43

 

10/10/1972

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 6

 

Collapsed while working at fire in apartment house, 18518 Harvard Ave.

 

Edward J. Gresky, Jr.

 

Edward J. Gresky
panel 2, number  29

 

2/12/1974

 

same date

 

Rescue
Squad 1

 

Died from burns and injuries suffered after falling through floor at a fire in a vacant 4 story brick commercial building, 1430 West 9th Street.

 

John W. McNamee

 

John W. McNamee
panel 2, number  30

 

12/ 7/1974

 

same date

 

Rescue
Squad 1

 

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

 

Richard F. Ward

 

Richard Ward
panel 2, number  31

 

12/ 3/1983

 

same date

 

Lieutenant
Engine Co. 9

 

Collapsed in quarters after returning from a high rise drill.

 

Daniel R. Pescatrice

 

Daniel R. Pescatrice
panel 2, number  32

 

12/31/1985

 

same date

 

Engine Co. 22

 

Trapped and overcome in fire at Milner Electric Company, 3804 St. Clair Avenue

Edward M. Carey Edward M. Carey
panel 2, number  33
 

6/18/1995

 

3/28/1979 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.

Richard Nickels
Richard Nickels
panel   number
 

4/3/2013

 

9/2/1983  

Captain
Hook of Ladder #2

 

He died from complications of Hepatitis C that he contracted from contact with biological waste while putting out a fire at an apartment building at 1816 West 50th St.

Panel, Number refers to name position on current monument in Willard Park

                 Research and compilation by the Western Reserve Fire Museum at Cleveland.  Direct questions to museum (216 664 6312 museum).