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Capt Eugene V. Burress
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1914
Death: Aug. 3, 1953
Dallas County
Texas, USA


Fire Captain Dies In Engine Crash

Pumper Overturns In Slippery Street

Slippery streets were blamed Monday for the overturning of a fire engine which took the life of a veteran fire captain and injured four others at Colorado and Ballard.

Capt. Eugene V. Burress, 39, of 2817 West Twelfth, was believed to have died almost instantly beneath the overturned pumper. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Parkland Hospital.

William Barrett, 28, of 3419 June Drive, received a broken collar bone. H J Kolgo, 29, of 1632 Hudspeth, escaped with bruises. Both were taken to Parkland.

Bruce Flant, 38, of 1902 South Marsalis, the driver, was at Methodist Hospital with a back injury.

Also treated at Methodist, but released, was W J Hammer, 29, of 1806 Glenfield. He escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

All the injured were members of Engine Company 15, Station 15, Bishop and Davis. Only Flant remained hospitalized. The rest had been released Monday night.

The company was answering a call to a trash fire at 2400 North Beckley. A sprinkle of rain had combined with the dusty street and made it exceedingly slippery.

As Flant took the pumper around the corner from Bishop onto Colorado, the fire truck skidded and hit a sedan driven by Joe H. Smith, coproprietor of the Lamar and Smith Funeral Home, who had come to a complete stop in response to the siren.

The pumper lurched wildly and slammed into a panel truck of the Model Laundry, 4005 Ross, driven by Arthur M. Waggoner, who was backing into a parking place at the curb.

The impact sent the laundry truck crashing into two parked cars, one owned by S M Merrick of 838 Cedar Hill, and another owned by Ollie Weeden, 6007 Prospect.

Neither of the parked cars was occupied.

Firemen started tumbling off the pumper when it collided with the first vehicle. After striking the cleaning truck the pumper rolled over on its back, wheels spinning.

Funeral arrangements for Burress were pending late Monday night with Lamar & Smith Chapel.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Burress ; two children, Joy Burress and Ike Burress, both of Dallas; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J A Burress (Son of J R and Leila Tapp Burress), and three sisters, Mrs. L B Lavell, Mrs. Leon Booker and Miss Lucille Burress, all of Arlington, and a brother, Raymond Burress of Dallas.

Members of the City Council in their weekly meeting at the city hall Monday and visitors in the Council Chamber stood for a moment at the opening of the session in tribute to Captain Burress.

The mishap which took Burress' life was the second traffic accident of the day which involved emergency equipment. A Marrs-Mundy-Quill ambulance on an emergency call collided with a car at Pacific and Ervay at 8:25 am, injuring the ambulance passenger and the driver's companion.

The ambulance employee, Aubrey Johnson, 17, received a slight leg injury.

Claude E. Henson, 21, of Lewisville, passenger in the ambulance, who had become ill at a downtown air lines office, was slightly injured.

Driver of the ambulance, Bob Abernathy, was injured.
Family links: 
  John Roger Burress (1874 - 1963)
  Martha Leila Tapp Burress (1880 - 1969)
Parkdale Cemetery
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 108
GPS (lat/lon): 32.72939, -97.10246
Created by: Tom White
Record added: Nov 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100848754
Capt Eugene V. Burress
Added by: Tom White
Capt Eugene V. Burress
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