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Battling flames, hauling hose: Remembering St. Louis firefighters killed in line of duty
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Battling flames, hauling hose: Remembering St. Louis firefighters killed in line of duty

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With its establishment in 1857, the St. Louis Fire Department has seen more than 150 deaths in the line of duty. The biggest killer? Heart attacks. But the fires, collapsing buildings, traffic crashes and even homicides also have killed firefighters while working.

The 1910s saw the most firefighter deaths with 25. The fewest were in the 1870s with six. 

One firefighter, who died in 1849, was included in this list for his lasting legacy in St. Louis, even though he died before the official St. Louis Fire Department was established. 

This information comes from archived news reports from the Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Fire Department Curator Bob Pauly. Some deaths were not reported in the Post-Dispatch, but are still noted here.

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