Detroit Fire Department History – March 12 – LODD Warehouse Fire

Today in DFD history – March 12, 1946

 Lt. Oliver J. Strong, E-52 died of smoke inhalation.

 

Today in DFD history – March 12, 1987

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A warehouse fire claimed the lives of 3 Detroit Firefighters.  It was the worst loss of Detroit Firefighter’s lives since March 4, 1917.  Those lost were:

 

Lt. Paul Schimeck, E-10   Lt Paul Schimeck E-10Schimeck Obit

Lt. David Lau                      Lt David Lau E-26Lau Obit

TFF Larry McDonald           TFF Larry McDonald E-26McDonald Obit

 

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More about this incident:
June 1987 Firehouse Magazine article
FEMA Report
Photos from Bill Eisner

 

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  • On March 28th 2014 we changed the comment system we were using. Unfortunately it did not import
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    Danien Mullen on March 12, 2013 at 7:39 PM said:

    Sadly, I remember it. A cartoonist for the Detroit Free Press created an image of a lone sitting Dalmatian with a tear falling from his eye. It was made available to the public as a print and I purchased one. True heroes still.

  • Diana O’Dell Fahey on March 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM said:

    Paul Schimeck was a great friend of my father’s. He and his wife were at all the gatherings we went to as a family. It was indeed a sad day when we lost these men.

  • Anonymous on March 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM said:

    I ran out of Engine 10 and he was the nicest man and friend to know

  • J. Danien Mullen

    Sadly, I remember it. A cartoonist for the Detroit Free Press created an image of a lone sitting Dalmatian with a tear falling from his eye. It was made available to the public as a print and I purchased one. True heroes still.

  • Diana O’Dell Fahey

    Paul Schimeck was a great friend of my father’s. He and his wife were at all the gatherings we went to as a family. It was indeed a sad day when we lost these men.

    • Anonymous

      I ran out of Engine 10 and he was the nicest man and friend to know