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Chief Thomas Andrew O'Leary

Chief Thomas Andrew O'Leary

Death 24 Dec 1908 (aged 47-48)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot Section West Avenue
Memorial ID 11085114 · View Source
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Houston Fire Department. Line of Duty Death.

Killed in an attempt to put out a fire of a railroad boxcar loaded with fireworks. On November 22, 1908, the Houston Belt Terminal Railroad switching station suffered a fiery incident. Two boxcars collided and caused the fire. Large shells for aerial fireworks were on board the boxcar. It is believed that one or more of the shells exploded and Chief O'Leary was struck by the blast. Five fellow firefighters from the crew were injured. The Chief was able to fight for his life until December 24, 1908. Chief O'Leary was a volunteer before the Houston Fire Department became paid. When full time Fire Fighters were hired to take the place of the volunteers, Chief O'Leary became a paid member.

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  • Created by: Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson
  • Added: 3 Jun 2005
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Chief Thomas Andrew O'Leary (1860–24 Dec 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11085114, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson (contributor 24420413) .