KANSAS

FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS

GAIL BRADEN

Wichita Tailor Dies

Shot Himself Thru Head After Killing Fireman

Wichita, Apr. 10 - Stanley K. Bargel, 60 year old tailor who was charged with first degree murder in the death last Thursday of Capt. Gail S. Braden of the Wichita fire department, died early today in a hospital here.

Detective Victor Stough, who signed the complaint against Bargel, said the tailor shot himself thru the head after killing Braden and trying to shoot another fireman, Assistant Chief Elgin Wood. Bargel withstood a police siege in his tailor shop for nearly an hour after the shooting of Braden.

It had been believed Braden might recover, until his condition became worse Sunday afternoon. The city marshal had maintained a 24 hour watch over Bargel at the hospital. Bargel is believed to have no living relatives. (Lawrence Journal World, April 10, 1944, page 6, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

KEITH W. FULTON

Two Firemen Killed

Were Fighting Blaze at Building Housing Part of Wichita U.

Wichita, Nov. 18 - Two firemen lost their lives today while fighting a fire which caused damage estimated at several thousand dollars to a building housing the downtown department of the University of Wichita school of fine arts.

Two other persons, one a fireman, were injured.

Dead were Lieut. C. F. Grosvenor, 36 and Fireman Keith W. Fulton, 30.

Grosvenor, Fulton and Jack R. Hatfield another fireman, were removing an aluminum ladder from a second story window when it came in contact with overhead electric wires. Grosvenor and Fulton a former University of Wichita football player, lived but a short time following the accident.

Hatfield was taken to a hospital, where his condition was said to be serious.

Floyd Tompkins, 40, suffered back injuries when he jumped from the second floor window of an office he occupied in the building.

Cause of the fire was not determined immediately.

School officials said the loss included four concert pianos valued at $3,500 each, several smaller pianos and other musical instruments and equipment. (Lawrence Journal World, November 18, 1943, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

C. F. GROSVENOR

Two Firemen Killed

Were Fighting Blaze at Building Housing Part of Wichita U.

Wichita, Nov. 18 - Two firemen lost their lives today while fighting a fire which caused damage estimated at several thousand dollars to a building housing the downtown department of the University of Wichita school of fine arts.

Two other persons, one a fireman, were injured.

Dead were Lieut. C. F. Grosvenor, 36 and Fireman Keith W. Fulton, 30.

Grosvenor, Fulton and Jack R. Hatfield another fireman, were removing an aluminum ladder from a second story window when it came in contact with overhead electric wires. Grosvenor and Fulton a former University of Wichita football player, lived but a short time following the accident.
Hatfield was taken to a hospital, where his condition was said to be serious.

Floyd Tompkins, 40, suffered back injuries when he jumped from the second floor window of an office he occupied in the building.

Cause of the fire was not determined immediately.

School officials said the loss included four concert pianos valued at $3,500 each, several smaller pianos and other musical instruments and equipment. (Lawrence Journal World, November 18, 1943, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

ALFRED PHILLIPS

Olathe - Alfred Phillips, 29, a city fireman, was killed here yesterday when the truck he was driving to a fire in the residential district struck an embankment and overturned. Vernon Prather, 35, fire chief was seriously injured and was taken to Kansas City hospital. Phillips is survived by his widow and three children. (Iola Daily Register, May 2, 1932, page 2, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

TOM SLADEK

Skidding Fire Truck Tosses Man To Paving

Wichita, Kas., Nov. 26 (AP) Tom Sladek, Wichita Fireman, was hurled from the truck on which he was riding and probably fatally injured when the truck skidded on the wet pavement and hurled him to the street early this morning.

Sladek, who was answering a fire call, was hurled against the curbing, landing on his back. He suffered critical internal and back injuries and hospital officials say he has little chance to recover. (Iola Daily Register, November 26, 1927, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

JOHN FELDHEGER

Firebug to Lansing

Hold Arsonist who Confesses Setting the Leavenworth Blaze Which Killed Two

Leavenworth, Kas., Feb. 18 - Herbert McCarbrey, 25, was held in a cell at state penitentiary today on his signed statement in which police said, he admitted setting several fires in recent weeks, including one Tuesday which cost lives of two firemen.

Police Chief G. M. Stringfellow said he took McCarbrey to the state prison at Lansing for "safe keeping."

Chief Stringfellow said the stocky curly-haired suspect in his statement told of starting "about a dozen fires" but that he had meant no harm.

Meant No Harm

In setting the fires I had no intention of destroying property or harming anyone, the statement as quoted by Stringfellow, related. It was just a satisfaction of some nature that I tried to obtain. It is a feeling that you cannot describe.

Fireman Arthur Connell, 33 and John Feldheger were fatally injured under a falling chimney in last Tuesday's blaze which destroyed a garage and damaged three residences. (Iola Daily Register, February 18, 1939, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

ARTHUR CONNELL

Firebug to Lansing

Hold Arsonist who Confesses Setting the Leavenworth Blaze Which Killed Two

Leavenworth, Kas., Feb. 18 - Herbert McCarbrey, 25, was held in a cell at state penitentiary today on his signed statement in which police said, he admitted setting several fires in recent weeks, including one Tuesday which cost lives of two firemen.

Police Chief G. M. Stringfellow said he took McCarbrey to the state prison at Lansing for "safe keeping."

Chief Stringfellow said the stocky curly-haired suspect in his statement told of starting "about a dozen fires" but that he had meant no harm.

Meant No Harm

In setting the fires I had no intention of destroying property or harming anyone, the statement as quoted by Stringfellow, related. It was just a satisfaction of some nature that I tried to obtain. It is a feeling that you cannot describe.

Fireman Arthur Connell, 33 and John Feldheger were fatally injured under a falling chimney in last Tuesday's blaze which destroyed a garage and damaged three residences. (Iola Daily Register, February 18, 1939, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

FRED BAER

Heart Attack Fatal to Fire Association Head

Topeka, May 16 - Fred Baer president of the AFL International Fire Fighters Association, died of a heart attack while addressing the Kansas State Firemen's association last night.

Baer, who came here from Washington, D. C., to attend the convention, had been president of the union 27 years. Prior to his election he served 13 years with the Kansas City, Mo., fire department. (Emporia Gazette, May 16, 1946, page 11, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

ORA MOORE

Two Firemen Killed

They were Gassed by an Explosion of Chemicals in Drug Store Fire

Coffeyville, Kans., Dec. 9 - Two firemen lost their lives and $75,000 in property damage was done in a fire which raged six hours in the heart of the business district here early today. The failure of gas masks to work properly is believed to be the cause of the firemen's deaths.

The dead men are Ora Moore and Clyde Jones. Moore leaves a wife and three small children. Jones is single.

Fire Chief Charles McCabe was rescued unconscious. He had followed Moore and Jones into a drug store where the fire started among Christmas decorations hanging over a stove. Exploding acids suffocated the three men.

Following McCabe's rescue, efforts to get to the others were unvailing and their bodies were not recovered until after the fire which spread to two adjoining stores, had been subdued. Jones was found with his gas mask still in position. An hour later Moore's body was recovered, his mask lay beside him.

Besides the three business houses, several offices above were a total loss. (Hutchinson News, December 9, 1919, page 11, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

CLYDE JONES

Two Firemen Killed

They were Gassed by an Explosion of Chemicals in Drug Store Fire

Coffeyville, Kans., Dec. 9 - Two firemen lost their lives and $75,000 in property damage was done in a fire which raged six hours in the heart of the business district here early today. The failure of gas masks to work properly is believed to be the cause of the firemen's deaths.

The dead men are Ora Moore and Clyde Jones. Moore leaves a wife and three small children. Jones is single.

Fire Chief Charles McCabe was rescued unconscious. He had followed Moore and Jones into a drug store where the fire started among Christmas decorations hanging over a stove. Exploding acids suffocated the three men.

Following McCabe's rescue, efforts to get to the others were unvailing and their bodies were not recovered until after the fire which spread to two adjoining stores, had been subdued. Jones was found with his gas mask still in position. An hour later Moore's body was recovered, his mask lay beside him.

Besides the three business houses, several offices above were a total loss. (Hutchinson News, December 9, 1919, page 11, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

WILLIAM KINION

Fire Razes Two McPherson Businesses

McPherson - Two adjoining two-story buildings housing Green's furniture store and the Masonic lodge were destroyed by fire early Saturday with loss exceeding $100,000.

William Kinion, 40, a fireman, died of a heart attack while fighting the flames.

The brick, wood and stucco structures were one block south of the center of town on U.S. Highway 81. The highway was barricaded and traffic re-routed.

Estimate of the loss was made by Ross Green, owner of the furniture store. None of the contents was saved.

The store occupied the first floor and the Masonic lodge the second floor of the buildings. One was owned by the lodge and the other by the Darrah estate.

The fire was discovered in a front window of the store about 3:30 a.m. by Kenneth Meyer who was on his way home.

Three McPherson fire trucks and one from Lindsborg responded to the alarm. At one time the entire block was endangered. The office of the Kansas Power and Light company adjoining on the north was damaged slightly by smoke and water. The YMCA building across the street was not damaged.

Kinion was on the roof of an adjoining building when he suffered a heart attack. A member of the fire department for two years, he is survived by his wife and a son. (Hutchinson News Herald, April 3, 1949, page 27, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

DESCARPENTER, TERRY M.

Memorial Fund Started for Flood Victim

El Dorado - A Topeka dentist has started a memorial fund for the family of an El Dorado fireman who drowned Saturday while helping to evacuate flood victims.

The fireman, Terry DesCarpenter, 23, lost his life when a boat capsized. Two other men in the boat escaped. DesCarpenter, is survived by his wife and a daughter, Bonnie. Mrs. DesCarpenter is expecting another child.

Radio Station KBTO in El Dorado today received a special delivery letter, containing $25 from Dr. John C. Carnes of Topeka, who witnessed the drowning while visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Carnes, of El Dorado.

Dr. Carnes asked the station to act as recipient of further donations. The station added $25.

In a letter accompanying the donating, Dr. Carnes said:

I never met Terry DesCarpenter nor his family but I've known other Terry's the world over who put their own personal safety aside in order to protect the lives and rights of others - and often in so doing gave their lives for their fellow man.

"We think of heroes only in war, but the real hero is the soldier of peace, the man such as Terry who risks his life almost daily to protect us."
Funeral services for DesCarpenter were to be held today. (Great Bend Daily Tribune, July 26, 1961, page 9, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

WALTER MIROSLAW

Fire Destroys A Building in Kansas City

Kansas City, Kas. - Fires which raged out of control four hours swept a building in the heart of the Kansas City, Kan., business district early today.

A fireman who apparently suffered a seizure of some kind while fighting the flames was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. He was identified as Walter J. Miroslaw.

The cause of the fire was not determined and there was no estimate of the damage.

The blaze swept the Thomas Cafeteria and a wig and hat shop in a building adjacent to the Security National Bank.

A department spokesman said that despite a strong northwind which plagued firemen there appeared to be no danger to nearby structures.
The blaze was discovered at 1:13 a.m. and five hours later six pumper trucks, two snorkels, and an aerial truck were at the scene. However, the fire was reported under control. (Great Bend Daily Tribune, December 27, 1965, page 10, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

WILLIAM F. REYNOLDS

Two are Killed in Fairfax Blast

Many Hurt in Explosion at Manufacturing Plant

Kansas City, Kan. - A heavy explosion ripped the south end of a Gustin-Bacon Manufacturing Co. plant in the Fairfax.

Police said there were two known dead and that 11 others had been hospitalized.

The body of the man, identified as William Sallard, 40, Kansas City, Kan., was found buried under crumbled bricks and masonry.

William F. Reynolds, a fireman, was pronounced dead after being exposed to fumes at the scene.

Cause of the blast in the company's Plant No. 5 was not determined immediately.

Irven Snyder, works manager, of the plant said there were about 50 men and possibly one woman working in an area 100 by 200 feet where the blast occurred.

All available ambulances were rushed to the scene.

Hundreds of persons working in nearby plants gathered in the vicinity to witness rescue efforts.

Workmen picked frantically through debris at the southwest end of the sprawling plant in a search for possible victims.

A Kansas City, Kan., fireman, William F. Reynolds, was pronounced dead at a hospital after being exposed to fumes at the blast scene.

Eleven other persons were taken to hospitals.

Gustin-Bacon manufactures fiber glass insulation for the automotive industry.

Snyder said he was in an office section when he heard what he thought was a "sonic boom." An employee said he thought a freight car had broken loose and crashed into the building.

Department heads immediately began summoning employees scattered throughout the plant to determine those missing. (Emporia Gazette, April 23, 1962, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

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