This page is dedicated to the fifteen members of the Charleston Fire Department who made the ultimate sacrifice. Those men who have lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Charleston.
Line of Duty Deaths
William M. Cabell, March 7, 1906, While responding to a fire, a street car hit the steamer and horses
Jack Foley, November 9, 1907, Ruffner Brothers Fire
Joe Whitaker, February 21,1912, Electric Shock
Oscar Thaxton, March 24, 1922, Died from injuries from the Capital Fire in 1921
T. Frank Sharp, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
Emery C. Pauley, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
Frank N. Miller, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
Fred C. Summers, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
J.P. Little, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
George A. Coates, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
Richard L. McCormick, March 4, 1949, Woolworth Fire
John Thompson, April 13, 1968, Wertz Avenue Brush Fire
J. Claude Saunders, October 18,1971, Responded to a fire and died of a heart attack
John M. Lane, July 3, 1978, Fell through a sky light that was painted over at New Way Cleaners
Bill Pauley, August 27, 1980, Died from a heart attack while on-duty at Station #1
It is the mission of the Charleston Fire Department to provide maximum protection of life and property through the prevention and extinguishment of fires, provision of Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Material response and Mitigation, Rescue, and performance of any other services to the citizens of Charleston that may be required to ensure a safe community.
The Fire Department will attain this goal through preparation and training, dedication, public education, and a constant focus toward the end result — a safe City of Charleston.