Detroit Firefighter Line of Duty Death – Werner G. Blaess

Today in Detroit Fire Department History – April 11, 1954

Detroit Fire Department Captain Werner G. Blaess made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the citizens of Detroit on April 11, 1954. At the time of his death Werner was assigned to Engine 1.



Captain Blaess responded with Engine 1 to a fire at Twelfth Street and Michigan Avenue. After entering the burning building twice Werner collapsed and died from a heart attack.

At the time of his death Captain Blaess had been with the Detroit Fire Department for 30 years. He was 54 years old.

Werner left behind his wife, Laura, two daughters, Dorothy and Mary Jane, a son Robert W. and 12 grandchildren. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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  • Ed Mertz

    I think my cousin ( Bonnie Youngblood ) may have a photo of my Grandpa Blaess taken in his Detroit Fire Department uniform. I have asked her to send you, and me, a copy.

  • Ed Mertz

    Thank you very much for your research efforts. Please know that our entire family appreciates your efforts very much. I was hoping that maybe – just maybe – someone had a photo.

  • Ed Mertz

    Any photos of Captain Blaess – my Grandfather ?

    • Sheryl Fox

      Unfortunately we are not able to locate a photo of Captain Blaess.