Iowa Firefighter's Memorial - Died In Line of Duty
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In November 2018 the Iowa City Fire Department received an email from a research director at the University of Iowa. He had been researching an unrelated topic when he came across articles of a fire that killed two Iowa City firefighters in 1873. The title of the article was "Fire Fiend in Iowa City." It appeared in John Irish's Daily Press of April 28, 1873. Here are bits and pieces of it: Six-story fire discovered at 6 a.m. Flames confined to interior room that was used by Commercial College and Academy. Front of third story blown out and five men crushed. George Andrews was one of the victims. He was the stoutest limbed, kind-hearted, and most faithful of men, also a volunteer firefighter. His fiancée was by his side when he died at 11:30 a.m. He was a member of the Rescue Hook and Ladder Company of Iowa City and met his death in the line of duty.
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