Charley Albert Middlekauf  

February 7, 1888  -  March 10, 1953 at age 65  

     

Born : in Canton, Illinois   
Entered Fire Department : January 1, 1910
Duty:
Assistant Chief at Central Station  
Died:
March 10, 1953 at age 65
Buried:
Forest Park Lawndale, Section 24, Plot 124, Space 12.S

Chief Middlekauf, a veteran of some of the largest fires Houston had ever experienced, suffered a fatal heart attack while at a fire near downtown Houston. As Assistant Chief, one of his many duties was that of directing the fire-fighting efforts at multiple alarm fires. This was the case at a fire at the Fredrick Poultry and Egg Company at 1817 Center. He had taken a command position in front of the fire and had been there for some time when suddenly he fell to his knees and asked another fire fighter to take him aside.

The stricken chief was carried off the fire ground to the front porch of a house across the street. He sat there a few minutes before he passed out. The efforts of the ambulance personnel were unsuccessful and a physician on the scene pronounced him dead, ending his forty-three year career.

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