CFDHISTORY ---›Line of Duty Deaths ---› 89William Gerne

William Gerne

Killed in the Line of Duty December 3, 1913

Fire Company Engine 4
Cause of Death Fall from truck
At Fire Box Number
Incident Type Responding to fire
Incident Location In front of quarters

Gerne fell while trying to jump onto the ladder truck after he missed the engine departure from quarters. He slipped and fell beneath the wheel of the truck. Died from injuries within hours. The death opened an investigation because Gerne and another firefighter were in Messer's Cafe at the time of the alarm and were late to the apparatus because a dog that normally alerted the firemen in the cafe of the dropping of the joker had died the day before. Gerne was 30 and lived at 313 Webster Street.