These firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duty.
Captain John Heuer
Firefighter Erling Armstrong
Firefighter Richard Neikirk
Killed January 11, 1974
Shortly before midnight January 11, 1974 a tremendous propane explosion that demolished an apartment complex and killed four people rocked the City of West St. Paul. Those killed were West St. Paul Firefighters Erling Armstrong, Richard Neikirk and Captain John Heuer. The other victim was Mrs. Dodge Petersen the apartment caretaker's wife. We will always remember our lost brothers
Firefighter Jay Bloemers
Killed June 2, 1968
A South St. Paul firefighter for six years, Jay Bloemers was killed while working at the "Coast-To-Coast" fire at 121 North Concord Street. Bloemers was working as part of a "mop-up" crew, dousing remaining embers. He was killed when welds on the aerial ladder failed causing the ladder to collapse. Impaled on the handle which directed the nozzle of the ladder, Bloemers was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Paul's Ramsey Hospital.
Assistant Engineer George Carleton
Killed May 22, 1892
George Carleton, assistant engineer of South St. Paul Engine Co. No. 2 was killed when he fell into the fly wheel of the Stock Yard's feed elevator. Carleton had been a member of Engine Co. No. 2 for 18 months and was held in high esteem by his entire company.
“Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. . . Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”
Edward F. Croker, FDNY
Chief of Department, 1899 - 1911