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Vince Coleman
Birth: 1872
Death: Dec. 6, 1917

Folk Figure. Coleman was a dispatch operator working at a Halifax, Nova Scotia, railroad on December 6, 1917. On that day, Coleman and his co-worker, Henry Dunstan got word that a ship caring explosives was docked in Halifax Harbor. Without warning the munition ship exploded into flames a few hours later. After realizing what was going on the two men started to run off until Coleman remembered that there were two trains headed in there direction. As Dunstan left, Coleman stayed behind and tapped out one last message over his dispatch in order to try and stop the trains, if not, it would be a huge catastrophe. Coleman tapped out the message, 'Munition ships on fire. Making for Pier 6. Goodbye.' The trains were stopped thanks to Coleman's quick thinking. Not too long after the message was sent there was a huge explosion. The munition ship had not only caught on fire but had also exploded. Vince Coleman and 1,639 people died, while 9,000 were injured, and 200 blinded by flying debris and glass. Thousands of homes and land were also destroyed in the disaster. Over $35 million dollars in damages was done to Halifax. Thanks to Coleman his quick thinking and bravery saved lives, if not for him, the death toll would have been much higher. (bio by: K) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Frances A. Coleman (1877 - 1970)
 
 Children:
  Cyril D. Coleman (1908 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Halifax
Halifax County
Nova Scotia, Canada
 
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Originally Created by: K
Record added: Apr 23, 2004
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- JMW
 Added: Apr. 15, 2014

- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 9, 2014
Remembering you on what was the last night of your life in 1917; rest peacefully, Vince; know that you remain a hero to railroad telegraphers and historians
- Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad Telegraph Co.
 Added: Dec. 5, 2013
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