Detroit Fire Department History – July 25th – Firefighter Death Due to Injuries From The ’67 Riots

Today in DFD history – August 4, 1967

Fire Fighter John C. Ashby of E-21 died from electrocution injuries during rioting.



Firefighter Ashby’s injuries were sustained on 7/24/67 at 7am. He
was electrocuted by a high-tension wire that struck his helmet while fighting a
fire at a supermarket at Lafayette and Canton.

At the time of his death John was 26 years old.

John C. Ashby


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