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Honoring Portland Firefighter William Higdon Lost in the Line of Duty



Lost in the Line of Duty


June 6, 1912

Firefighter William Higdon 

William Higdon was the driver of Hose 6, which accompanied Engine 6 in the days of horse-drawn fire apparatus.  On June 6, 1912, while returning from a fire at 518 NW 25th Street, he was thrown from his hose wagon and his head crushed beneath the wheels when it crossed an unpaved section of street. 

The incident occurred on the return trip from the emergency as they rounded the corner at NW 24th and Nicolai Streets.  Higdon was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital but died soon after arrival.  Higdon was 37 years old at the time of his death and had only been with Portland Fire Department for 3 years.  He had no relatives in the area.


Portland Fire & Rescue honors and remembers 

Firefighter William Higdon's service.


   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   June 6, 2011


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