Line of Duty Deaths #11 & 12 – Harold Hank Lewis, Firefighter and William Jackson, Firefighter

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YFD Line of Duty Death #11
Harold ‘Hank’ Lewis, Firefighter
Date of Death: December 25, 1945
Burial Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, OH.

Firefighter Harold Lewis
Firefighter Harold Lewis

Harold “Hank” Lewis would have been a city fireman for 20 years in January of 1946. He joined the fire department in January of 1926. He had been stationed at Number 4 for about 10 years. At 7:30am Christmas morning, a false alarm came in from a pull box at Parmelee and Foster St. The squad truck was sent from Station Number 4. The truck had successfully rounded the corner of Oak Hill near South Side Hospital when the truck hit a patch of ice and began to skid. The apparatus struck two utility poles at the southwest and northwest corners of High St. The fire hose in the bed came loose and uncoiled snapping the two men who were riding on the back of the truck. Firefighter Lewis was thrown headfirst into the one of the utility poles and died instantly.

Firefighter Jackson was able to hold on until the truck collided with the second utility pole. Jackson was then thrown away from the apparatus and was knocked against a wall of a grocery store on the corner of High St. and landed on the fire hose. Lewis was taken to South Side Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was the first fatality from this false alarm.

 

YFD Line of Duty Death #12
William Jackson, Firefighter

Date of Death: December 26, 1945
Burial Location: Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown, OH.

Firefighter William Jackson
Firefighter William Jackson

William E. Jackson joined the fire department on December 16, 1927 serving on the department’s squad truck. At 7:30am on Christmas morning, a false alarm came in from a pull box at Parmelee and Foster St. The squad truck was sent from Station Number 4. The truck had successfully rounded the corner of Oak Hill near South Side Hospital when the truck hit a patch of ice and began to skid. The apparatus struck two utility poles at the southwest and northwest corners of High St. The fire hose in the bed came loose and uncoiled snapping the two men who were riding on the back of the truck. Firefighter Lewis was thrown headfirst into the one of the utility poles and died instantly.

Firefighter Jackson was able to hold on until the truck collided with the second utility pole. Jackson was then thrown away from the apparatus and was knocked against a wall of a grocery store on the corner of High St. and landed on the fire hose. He died the next day at South Side Hospital of shock and a fractured skull. He was the second fatality from this false alarm.

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