On the evening of February 02, 2010, members from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 19 gathered at the old Station 19 to honor the passing of Firefighter/Hoseman Fred Rittenour. Firefighter Rittenour died while on-duty on February 01, 1923 at old Station 19, located at 6049 SE Stark Street in Portland, Oregon. Although some of the details of the incident have been lost, it is known that Firefighter Rittenour fell from the old hay loft in the hose tower and was pronounced deceased at 9:50 p.m.
Firefighter Rittenour was born on September 08, 1879 and was appointed to the City of Portland as Firefighter/Hoseman on June 01, 1904 after having served in the Spanish-American War of 1898. He was survived by his wife Alice, and two children. He was buried in Portland, Oregon at the Rose City Cemetery. Although he is not honored on the Campbell Memorial, he can be found on the Oregon State Firefighters Memorial. The Oregon State Firefighters Memorial, located in Salem, Oregon at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, recognizes all Oregon firefighters who have died in the line-of-duty. Click here to learn more.
Blog post and photo courtesy of Firefighter/Public Information Officer Justin De Ruyter
February 3, 2010