Line of Duty Deaths #5 & 6 – Thomas C. Reilly, Assistant Chief and Charles ‘Charley’ Vaughan, Captain

YFD Line of Duty Death #05
Thomas C. Reilly, Assistant Chief

Date of Death: October 1, 1908
Burial Location: Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown, OH.

Thomas C. Reilly was a member of the Youngstown Fire Department for 17 years. He was appointed in May of 1891 when the department was reorganized from a volunteer department to the current paid department. He was assigned to Station 2 at Oak Street. In 1901 he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief and then was given the rank of first assistant chief. At 6:05pm on the night of Thursday, October 1, 1908, smoke was seen coming from the basement out of the radiators at the Knox 5 and 10 cent store at 108 to 112 West Federal Street. The men from the central station were sent to investigate. Shortly after their arrival, a general alarm was struck sending all of the fire units in the city to the scene. By 9:30pm, the fire had spread through all four stories. Assistant Chief Reilly was on the roof along with Captain Charles Vaughan and seven other firefighters when the roof caved in sending them plummeting 4 stories into the basement of the building. Six of the eight firefighters recovered and did not sustained any fatal injuries. Neither Assistant Chief Reilly nor Captain Vaughan survived the fall.

 

YFD Line of Duty Death #06
Charles ‘Charley’ Vaughan, Captain
Date of Death: October 2, 1908
Burial Location: Belmont Park Cemetery, Liberty, OH.

Charles Vaughan was a member of the Youngstown Fire Department for 24 years. He was appointed July 1, 1884 when the department was still volunteer. He was assigned to the Central Fire Station and served there for 4 years. In 1888, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and placed in charge of the newly opened Station 2 on Oak and Fruit St. After 8 years at Station 2, he was transferred to back to the Central Station. Next Vaughan was placed in charge of Station 3 which was being built. Vaughan was also placed in charge of Station 7 for six months. Finally, following the death of Albert Probst in June of 1904, Capt. Vaughan was placed in charge of Station 6 at Haselton. At 6:05pm on the night of October 2, 1908, smoke was seen coming from the basement out of the radiators at the Knox 5 and 10 cent store at 108 to 112 West Federal Street. The men from the central station were sent to investigate. Shortly after their arrival, a general alarm was struck sending all the units in the city to the scene. By 9:30pm, the fire had spread through all four stories. Captain Charles Vaughan was on the roof with several other firefighter when the roof caved in sending them plummeting 4 stories into the basement of the building. Six of the eight firefighters were recovered and did not sustained any fatal injuries. Captain Vaughan and Assistant Chief Reilly, however, did sustain fatal injuries in the fall.