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Honoring Portland Lieutenant Adolph W. Wefel Lost in the Line of Duty



Lost in the Line of Duty



June 1, 1923

Lieutenant Adolph W. Wefel


A house fire near the corner of Benton and Clackamas Streets was the location of the death of Lieutenant Adolph Wefel on June 1, 1923.  The fire had been extinguished by Engine 13’s crew and overhaul of the scene had begun.  A two story brick chimney, which had become unstable during the fire, toppled, landing on Wefel’s head.  Even with his protective clothing, he sustained fatal injuries.  Wefel’s crew, as well as Chief Lee Holden, tried to provide aid but he was considered dead at the scene.  He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital but not removed from the ambulance.  Wefel was 38 years old at the time of his death. He had been hired on May 16, 1905 and served his entire career at Engine 13.  He was survived by his Wife and four children.


Portland Fire & Rescue honors and remembers 

Lieutenant Wefel’s service.

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   June 1, 2011


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