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Honoring Portland Firefighters LOST IN THE LINE OF DUTY: Harry U. Gardner

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Lost in the Line of Duty


January 19, 1935

Harry U. Gardner


Harry U. Gardner was hired by Portland Fire & Rescue on October 8, 1914.  He was assigned as an assistant engineer on Engine 7, then located at 302 SE 3rd Avenue.  The following year, he transferred to Engine 32 in St. Johns (the Basement of then St. John’s City Hall) and inexplicably resigned in December 1920.  Gardner was rehired on July 25, 1923 and assigned to Engine 6 (2200 NW Nicolai) and finally Engine 28 in 1928.  Gardner was overcome by smoke while advancing a hose line at a house fire at 2305 NE 51st Avenue on January 19, 1935.  The fire, which was caused by an overheated stove, causes $850 in damage.  Gardner was 63 years old at the time of his death.

Portland Fire & Rescue honors and remembers 

Firefighter Gardner's service.


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Laurie Gardner Lawrence

August 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I am one of 9 great-grandchildren of Firefighter Harold Ulysses Gardner. I am proud of his service to the city of Portland, Oregon and glad to know his name will always be remembered. It was only recently (2011) that we discovered the historical information about him, but we will make sure his descendants know who he was and that he made the ultimate sacrifice as a firefighter. We have one photo of Harold U. Gardner -- please let us know if you would like to have it for your web site.

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