CFDHISTORY ---›Line of Duty Deaths ---› 102Captain Patrick Costello

Captain Patrick Costello

Killed in the Line of Duty April 13, 1918

Fire Company Engine 18
Cause of Death Injuries From Auto Accident
At Fire Box Number
Incident Type Responding to Fire
Incident Location Kellogg Ave

On April 11, 1918, Captain Patrick Costello was critically injured responding to an alarm of fire when the auto fire engine he was riding in skidded over a fifty foot embankment on Kellogg Avenue near the viaduct leading to the California Waterworks. Three other firemen jumped from the apparatus and escaped injury. Costello was pinned under the vehicle along with the chauffeur, William Keating. Costello sustained a broken leg and jaw as well as internal injuries. Both men were taken to General Hospital for treatment. Keating recovered but Costello succumbed to his injuries two days later. Engine 18 had been called out to a reported barn fire at the Frederick Rush property on Three Mile Road. The streets were slippery due to recent snowfall. Captain “Pat” served the CFD for 25 years. He lived in Mt Lookout and was survived by his wife, four daughters, and two sons.