Memorial Plaza

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Plaza outside of the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 Union Hall located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis.The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Plaza outside of the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 Union Hall located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis.

In February, 1992, flames ravaged the Athletic Club in downtown Indianapolis and sent shockwaves through the Indianapolis Fire Department. This tragic blaze claimed the lives of two Indianapolis firefighters and injured several more, one critically.

As the Department and its members struggled with their grief, the healing process was begun in the form of the investigation of the cause of the fire as well as of Departmental policies and procedures. These investigations led to a more structured Incident Command system, better personal protective equipment, new SCBAs, and a wake-up call to the members that no fire is routine.

The healing process is long. A year after the tragedy, the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 was looking for a ways to honor the memory of our two fallen brothers and to offer some sense of closure to the membership. It was decided to hold a memorial service. As the plans for this event were being made, it occurred to members of the Executive Board that the Indianapolis Fire Department has had many members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow man.

And so, in February, 1993, a solemn procession made its way from Fire Headquarters to the Indiana War Memorial located just one block north of the site of 1992’s tragic fire. There, dignitaries spoke of bravery and sacrifice. Then, a rose was placed in a vase for each name from the roll of heroes. As each name was read, a fire bell tolled. When the vase held sixty-eight names, Taps echoed through the auditorium. The event was attended by civic leaders, firefighters, and family members of several of those who sacrificed their lives. One of them, who’s father had died 32 years before, spoke to a member of the Local 416 Executive Board after the service. She thanked the Local for the service, “This is the first time my father’s sacrifice has been recognized publicly.”

This, then, was the genesis of the Marion County Fallen Firefighters Memorial. After two years of planning and fundraising the dream was realized. The Memorial was dedicated on July 26, 1996. The list of names had grown to seventy-one as the concept was expanded to include all of Marion County.

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial Plaza outside of the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 Union Hall located at 748 Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis.

List of some of the those who helped realize Memorial PlazaList of some of the those who helped realize Memorial Plaza

The Memorial sits in front of the Local 416 Union Hall. This is housed in the oldest standing firehouse in Marion County. The Memorial consists of five descending columns that spiral out from the front of the firehouse to the centerpiece column. On each column are inscribed the names of our fallen heroes. Atop the center column sits a Phoenix, the mythical bird of fire. Just as it rises from its ashes, so too do the souls of our heroes, drawn upward to heaven.

plaza-phoenixThe Phoenix pointing up toward the heavens to memorialize our fallen members.

Local 416 has expanded since the dedication. It now represents over 2600 active and retired firefighters from 25 Indiana departments. It is a vibrant, growing organization just as the Indianapolis Fire Department is under its current leadership. The Local is working for a bright future for all its members. To be truly successful in the future, we must always remember the sacrifices of the past. One way we do this is to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

plaza-stone-sampleOne of five stone columns in Memorial Plaza that show the names of fallen members of Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416.

This Memorial is located near the Statehouse Building.

Bowen-Merril Fire Memorial

The memorial plaque is located in front of the Rock Bottom Brewery,10 West Washington Street, downtown Indianapolis.

The fire began at 3:08 PM on this memorable St. Patrick’s day in 1890, volumes of smoke rolling up from the basement of the Bowen-Merrill book house, where great quantities of paper were stored, attracting the attention of passersby as it came through the grating to the sidewalk. The loss of property to this and adjoining establishments exceeded $200,000, the Bowen-Merrill loss being $87,224; that of H. P. Wasson & Co. and others does not appear. It is pathetically significant that the record of this fire is incomplete in the books at Department Headquarters. The clerk who kept, and still keeps, the record was unconscious under the fallen wall, with dead and dying comrades around him. He fortunately escaped with his life, after hovering for months on the brink of death. This break in the record remains as but one of many reminders of the great disaster.

The killed were Thomas A. Black, John Burkhart, Andrew O. Cherry, George S. Falkner, Ulysess G. Glazier, Albert Huffmann, David O.R. Lowery, Espy Stormer, Anthony Voltz, Wm. L. Jones, Geo. W. Glenn and Henry D. Woodruff.

Complete list of Fallen Firefighters and EMS Personnel

YearDateFull NameDept
1873March 11Daniel GlazierIFD
1886November 16D. Fremont TaffeIFD
1890March 17John BurkhartIFD
1890March 17Andrew O. CherryIFD
1890March 17George FaulknerIFD
1890March 17Ulysses GlazierIFD
1890March 17Thomas A. BlackIFD
1890March 17William F. JonesIFD
1890March 17Albert HoffmanIFD
1890March 17David O.R. LowryIFD
1890March 17Espy StormerIFD
1890March 17George W. GlennIFD
1890March 17Henry D. WoodruffIFD
1890March 17Anthony VoltzIFD
1890March 17William R. McGinnisIFD
1893August 28Benjamin F. PlummerIFD
1899December 19Webster RobertsonIFD
1900April 19Frank E. MankinIFD
1903February 2John J. LoftusIFD
1909February 3Michael CorlissIFD
1909November 14W. RusseIFD
1911November 18Thomas S. SmithIFD
1913June 19Daniel DevenyIFD
1919January 15Clinton T. LowesIFD
1919November 16August H. SchaferIFD
1919January 5Edward AnkenbauerIFD
1921December 21George S. MumfordIFD
1923February 13Charles J. MurphyIFD
1923October 7Louis C. LauthIFD
1924January 22Fred E. BarlowIFD
1924March 3Wayne HunterIFD
1925January 18David A. GreshIFD
1927October 19George E. FrielIFD
1927November 18William H. WeishaarIFD
1928August 3Frank M. YatesIFD
1931November 2Lewis StanleyIFD
1936July 6George W. ReamIFD
1936December 18John HartIFD
1937January 4Thomas SheehanIFD
1937January 31William ArthurIFD
1937October 29Edward J. McGinnisIFD
1939August 20Matthew DillaneIFD
1939December 16Clifford C. WoodsIFD
1941March 23Basil E. ReissIFD
1941July 19Leo J. LindauerIFD
1942May 30Frederick E. FriesIFD
1944January 9Reuben G. Von OhlenIFD
1944March 22Herman N. LewisIFD
1944December 16Hubert S. ToombsIFD
1944December 22Harold B. AdkinsonIFD
1945January 7R.M. BallIFD
1945May 31Everett L. JacksonIFD
1948January 17Clarence M. CraigIFD
1948November 18Benjamin HowardIFD
1952October 24Arthur MaarIFD
1954August 16Morris E. PrincellIFD
1956January 19Harry MillerIFD
1958May 6James R. WelchIFD
1960January 5Joseph TuohyIFD
1961November 18Charles A. PiersonIFD
1963August 17Roy Pope Jr.IFD
1969August 14Charles R. EndsIFD
1973January 13Raymond F. MooreIFD
1973January 14Jerry A. PooleIFD
1977June 1Thomas M. DonoghueIFD
1977November 1Jack E. HarrittWarren Twp
1979September 17Michael J. KriechIFD
1988February 3David EdwardsLawrence Twp
1992February 5Ellwood M. GeleniusIFD
1992February 5John J. LorenzanoIFD
1994May 13Jack DudgeonIFD
1995May 26Ron Carl DeerWayne Twp
1995October 26John Riggin Jr.IFD
2000August 13Warren J.C. SmithIFD
2002June 14Paul K JolliffIFD
2013February 16Timothy C. McCormickIEMS
2013February 17Cody S MedleyIEMS
2013November 17Donald HochstetlerWayne Twp
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