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