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Honoring Portland Firefighters LOST IN THE LINE OF DUTY: Firefighter John L. Devaney



Lost in the Line of Duty



February 15, 1977

John L. Devaney

On Sunday February 13, 1977, Engine 15 was dispatched to 4000 SW Shattuck Road to a fire in a shed.  In the course of fighting the fire, Firefighter Devaney suffered a heart attack and was subsequently transported by Rescue 1 to Kaiser hospital.  Devaney would pass away in the hospital two days later, on February 15th.  Devaney, who was 56 years old at the time of his death, began his career with Portland Fire & Rescue on July 22, 1949.  He was survived by his wife, four sons, and four daughters. 

Portland Fire & Rescue honors and remembers

Firefighter Devaney’s service.


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Dan Devaney

March 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This was my father. I was 12 years old when this happened.

Thank you for remembering him. H
Now that I am a grown man, I really understand what a GREAT man he was! He taught me a lot, a whole lot about life in my short 12 years with him.


Daniel M. Devaney, youngest of the 8 kids from my Dad.


Jeaniene Richards

January 5, 2016 at 9:30 PM

I rode at Sycamore Acres with the Devaney girls and one of the boys (Dave). They were all great kids and we really enjoyed them at the barn. Plus they were all real cuties!


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