Line of Duty Deaths

A Firefighter it has been said is the courageous person who runs into a fire or hazardous condition when everyone else is running out to escape. This could also be considered a hero. It is their vocation to save the lives of those who are threatened by dangerous situations including:

  • Boat/water issues
  • Collapsed structures
  • Explosives
  • Fires
  • Hazardous chemical/biological/radio-logical agents
  • Medical emergencies
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Even with all the safety procedures available and in place sometimes these people do not make it out of the dangerous situation they place themselves. They are not able to return home to their families and loved ones. In tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, the Annapolis Fire Department proudly but regretfully shares the list of personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their fellow firefighters and the citizens of Annapolis.

March 6, 1910 - Firefighter William H. Brown

Water Witch Hook and Ladder Company Number 1

Firefighter Brown fell from a ladder while fighting a fire at Market Space and Fleet Street in Annapolis. His injuries were initially believed to be minor; however, he died later that night at his home from massive swelling of the brain.

July 13, 1958 - Firefighter Alexander C. Johnson

Rescue Hose Company Number 1

Firefighter Johnson died of an apparent heart attack after he responded to a kerosene stove fire on Shaw Street and went home when he complained of not feeling well.

September 7, 1964 - Firefighter John W Schwallenberg

Rescue Hose Company Number 1

Firefighter Schwallenberg, one day before his 17th birthday, died from smoke inhalation while fighting a fire in a warehouse at Virginia Avenue and Chinquapin Round Road in Annapolis. It is believed that he, along with 2 other firefighters, entered the warehouse from the opposite end where the fire started and was enveloped in smoke and although wearing breathing apparatus was still overcome in the conditions of the fire.