Lieutenant Adolph Wefel
Adolph Wefel, Lieutenant on Engine 13, died on June 1, 1923 at North Benton and Clackamas Streets when a brick chimney fell on him during the overhaul phase of the fire.
It was almost 10:30 pm that Friday night and Engine 13 had turned in the recall on the house fire. While searching the fire scene for hot spots, Lieutenant Wefel fell victim to a chimney, which toppled over, pummeling him with bricks. His crew carried him to the porch of the burned building and Chief Lee Holden administered first aid but it was too late. Lieutenant Wefel was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital but could not be resuscitated.
The fire was deemed to have been intentionally set but no culprit was ever found. Lieutenant Wefel was slated for promotion to Captain on July 1, 1923. Wefel was 39 years old at the time of his death and left a wife and four children. He was hired May 16, 1905 and assigned to Truck 5. He also served at Truck 4 and Engine 7 before his eventual promotion and transfer to Engine 13.
Portland Fire & Rescue honors and remembers Lieutenant Wefel's service.
March 18, 2010