Oct. 1, 1964 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
*The heroism and selflessness of fire professionals must always be honored and remembered.*
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Oct 1, 1964 "The Trumbull Street Fire"
Fire Lieutenant John J. McCorkle, 53, of 18 Euclid St., Dorchester; Engine 24 Fire Lieutenant John J. Geswell, 40, of 6 Victoria St., Dorchester; Ladder 26 (detailed to Ladder 4) Firefighter Robert J. Clougherty, 31, of 94 Washington St., Charlestown; Engine 3 Firefighter Francis L. Murphy, 42, of 313 K St., South Boston; Engine 24 Firefighter James B. Sheedy, 37, of 157 Adams St., Dorchester; Ladder 4 Andrew Sheehan, 25, of 3 State Rd., Milton, a civilian.
All were killed when the front wall of a vacant 4-story toy factory, located at 34 Trumbull Street, collapsed and a second smaller collapse injured several other members. A civilian, Andrew Sheehan, 25 a "spark" was also injured and died later that morning in the hospital. 12 members were injured but some remained on duty until all the trapped members had been removed. This was the Trumbull Street fire, 5 alarms Box 1671, (Shawmut Avenue & Brookline Street.) Lieutenant McCorkle had 27 years, Lieutenant. Geswell had 9 years, Firefighter Murphy had 7, Firefighter Sheedy had 6 and Firefighter Clougherty had 4 years of service. Firefighter Robert Clougherty was the son of Assistant Chief of Department John E. Clougherty. The alarms were sounded at 0032 hours, the Working Fire at 0036 hours, the 2nd alarm at 0037 hours, the 3rd alarm at 0042 hours, the 4th alarm at 0045 hours and the 5th alarm at 0052 hours.
The son of Assistant Fire Chief John Edward Clougherty and Anna Marie Hennessey.
The husband of Barbara Dakowski and father of Robert Jr. three, and Denise two.