Horrace Oscar Gassoway  

July 18, 1904  -  August 6, 1941 at age 37  

 

Born :  in Winsboro, Texas                
Entered Fire Department :
September, 1928
Duty :
Pipe and Ladderman  at Station #10  
Buried :
Hollywood Cemetery, Section J, Plot 31, Space 1

Horrace Gassoway was killed while responding to a large fire involving a supermarket located at Preston and Washington Avenue. Gassoway, normally assigned to Fire Station 10, was called to work that day at the Central Station because of a shortage of manpower. He was riding on Service Truck 1 en route to the fire. Engine 2 was en route to the same location and was behind the apparatus on which Gassoway was riding. When Service Truck 1 entered the intersection of Preston and Smith, Engine 2 was following to close and rear ended Truck 1. Gassoway was killed instantly when he and too other fire fighters were thrown off the back of the truck.

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