YFD Line of Duty Death #09
Martin ‘Marty’ Welsh, Captain
Date of Death: January 25, 1928
Burial Location: Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown, OH.
Martin Welsh was appointed to the city fire department on November 14, 1901. He was promoted to Lieutenant on July 22, 1907 and then to Captain on April 7, 1913. He worked at Station Number 1 for 24 years. At 4:10am on the morning of January 25, 1928, flames were discovered in a one story frame warehouse used by the Lee Tire Service Co. behind 448-450 W. Federal Street. The fire spread through the 60 cars stored in the warehouse. The fire then spread to the warehouse of Tamarkin Wholesale Grocery behind 460-462 W. Federal Street. Several firemen, including Welsh, were operating hose lines inside the structure when the roof and south wall caved in. Two other firemen escaped with only cuts and bruises.