Herman J. "Dutch" Wagner  

June 2, 1871 - May 25, 1912 at age 41

 

Born : in Chicago, Illinois               
Entered Fire Department :
1894
Duty : 
Captain at  Station # 8  
Buried :
Washington Cemetery, Section D, Plot 2 

Dutch met his demise when a heavy building timber fell on him as he and his crew were fighting a large inferno in downtown Houston. The fire, which started in the Stowers Building, destroyed it and three other buildings on May 19, 1912.

In describing the fire, the Houston Chronicle reported that Herman Wagner had thought that the Stowers Building was dangerous and capable of taking a fire fighter’s life one day. He never dreamed that the fire fighter would be himself. Captain Wagner fought valiantly for his life in Saint Joseph Hospital for the six days following the accident. He never regained consciousness after surgery was performed in a final attempt to save his life.

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