Ruben Lopez  

October  12, 1957  -  December 4, 1996 at age 39  

 

Born :   in Victoria, Texas                
Entered Fire Department :
1987
Duty :
District Chief, worked mostly out of Station 25  
Buried :
Forest Park Cemetery, Lawndale, Section 12, Lot 385, Space 11 

Ruben worked his volunteer shifts as often as time permitted. His usual place to work was Station 25. He arrived at Station 25 on the evening of December 3 and placed his gear on Engine 25 as he had done many times before, not knowing that it would be his last time. Early the next morning, Engine 25 was dispatched to a house fire at 4006 Roseneath, just a short distance from the station. Upon arrival, the crew was informed that there were victims trapped inside the two-story home. The crew of Engine 25 then went to work trying to find those still inside the burning home. Once inside, Ruben started assisting in the search and rescue operation. However the heavy smoke created a flashover, catching Ruben and putting him in a position where he was unable to escape. He died along with the 41-year-old female occupant of the home.

Ruben energetically worked his way up in the ranks of the Houston volunteer department. In six short years he was promoted up to the rank of district chief. He received the organizationís award for fire fighter of the year, two years in a row.

Ruben is the only known Houston Volunteer death in the history of the Houston fire department.

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