CFDHISTORY ---›Line of Duty Deaths ---› 78Albert P Schoenig

Albert P Schoenig

Killed in the Line of Duty August 6, 1920

Fire Company Ladder 8
Cause of Death Extensive Burns
At Fire Box Number Still Alarm
Incident Type Fire/Explosion
Incident Location Refiners Oil Company - South and Depot Streets.

Schoenig, 29, died from extensive burns received the previous day while fighting a fire at the Refiners Oil Company at South and Depot Street. He and the crew of Hooks 8 had responded to the report of a fire in the yard of the fuel company. The members of the ladder company rushed in to the yard with fire extinguishers to try to stop a fire that was burning next to three large gasoline tanks. As they began to work on the fire, the nearest tank exploded, showering the firemen with burning gasoline. Schoenig and another fireman, Lee West, managed to stumble, on fire from head to toe, from the yard to the sidewalk, were they both collapsed. West died almost immediately. Schoenig survived the night in General Hospital, only die the following evening. He lived with his wife Marguerite and two sons, Albert 3 and Robert 1, at 1078 Wilstach St.