CFDHISTORY ---›Line of Duty Deaths ---› 47Capt. Fred Beckham

Capt. Fred Beckham

Killed in the Line of Duty September 17, 1955

Fire Company Engine 16
Cause of Death Smoke Inhalation
At Fire Box Number
Incident Type Fire
Incident Location 760 Greenwood Ave

Beckham died of smoke inhalation while fighting a blaze in a home at 760 Greenwood Avenue. Beckham had 30 years in the department and was 17 months from retiring. The fire was in a third floor apartment. His wife Helen Beckham, said, "I always knew it would be this way. He's a smoke eater. All those oldtimers are." Beckham was 50 and lived with his family at 3533 Isben Avenue in Oakley.