Firefighters risk their lives on every call that they respond to. Losing their own life while attempting to rescue people and when protecting property is always a possibility. This page is honors these men who have died in the line of duty, beginning with recent loses followed by the deadliest fires in U.S. history.


Aug. 30, 2007
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2 Boston firefighters killed and two others critically injured after being trapped when an enormous rooftop air condition unit fell into a burning restaurant in West Roxbury, MA.

Aug. 18, 2007
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2 firefighters killed in High-Rise Fire Near World Trade Center, New York City.


Aug. 3, 2007
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2 firefighters killed in a house fire in Flint, TX.

June 18 , 2007
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9 firefighters killed in a fire at a furniture store in Charleston, SC.
Sept. 11, 2001
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343 firefighters killed during the collapse of the Twin Towers during the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
June 17, 2001
3 firefighters were killed when an explosion rocked a warehouse in Queens,
New York City.

Dec. 3, 1999
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6 firefighters killed while inside the structure when conditions deteriorated rapidly in a fire at the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse in Worcester, MA.

July 6, 1994
14 firefighters killed in a wildfire on South Canyon mountain near Glenwood
Springs, CO.

July 5, 1973
12 firefighters killed at the Doxol Gas Co. in Kingman, AZ.

June 17, 1972
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9 firefighters killed in a collapse at the Hotel Vendome, Boston, MA.


Oct. 16, 1966
12 firefighters killed when a floor collapses at a New York City drug store.

July 29, 1956
19 firefighters killed at the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corp. refinery in Sun Ray, TX.

July 9, 1953
15 firefighters killed in a wildfire in the Mendocino National Forest in California.

Aug. 4, 1949
13 firefighters killed in a forest fire at Gates of the Mountain, MT.

April 16-17, 1947
27 firefighters killed following fires and ammonium nitrate explosions aboard two ships docked at Texas City, TX.

March 10, 1941
13 firefighters killed in a roof collapse at the Strand Theatre in Brockton, MA.

Dec. 22, 1910
21 firefighters killed at a stockyard and cold storage warehouse in Chicago.

Dec. 21, 1910
13 firefighters and one police officer killed in a leather remnants factory,
Philadelphia, PA.