Detroit Fire Department History – October 29

Today in DFD History: October 29, 1977
Trial Firefighter Curtis Randolph, E-32 died as the result of a backdraft.
TFF Randolph was the first black DFD firefighter to die in the line of duty.


In July 1979 Detroit’s new fireboat was named in honor of the TFF. The “Curtis Randolph” is still in service today.

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