Detroit Fire Department History – July 25th – Firefighter’s Death During the ’67 Riots

Today in DFD history – July 25th 1967

Fire Fighter Carl E. Smith of L-11 died from a gun shot wound during rioting. 

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Firefighter Smith was killed at the corner of Mack & St. Jean at 12:50 am.  riot8

At the time of his death Smith was 30 years old. 

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Carl had been a Detroit Firefighter for 5 years.

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    Jeffrey S Austin FF/EMT on August 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM said:

    While my Dad knew both John Ashby (E-21) and Carl Smith (L-11) he wasn’t the same after Carl’s murder. Plus it was just a few miles from where we lived on St Paul near Water Works Park. (Near L-14 old quarters)

  • Jeffrey S Austin FF/EMT

    While my Dad knew both John Ashby (E-21) and Carl Smith (L-11) he wasn’t the same after Carl’s murder. Plus it was just a few miles from where we lived on St Paul near Water Works Park. (Near L-14 old quarters)

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