Louisville Fire Department

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1135 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 574-3701
Chief Gregory Frederick

About

The Louisville Fire Department has an authorized strength of 500 personnel and currently serves a population of approximately 709,264.

The Louisville Fire Department is the third oldest all-paid staff fire department in the nation. The first fire brigades established in Louisville were in 1780, two years after the city's creation. The first firehouses in Louisville were volunteer fire departments scattered throughout the city, but on June 1, 1858 the city took control, and replaced the hand engines with five steam engines and volunteers with paid staff. There were initially three fire stations, 65 full-time firefighters, and 23 horses.

Fallen Heroes

80 Heroes have given their lives in the line of duty during the history of the Louisville Fire Department.

Photo of John Strawn Nutter
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Wed, Aug 3rd, 1994
Photo of William M. Schelling
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Sun, Oct 25th, 1987
Photo of Larry Wayne Straughn
Firefighter
Larry Wayne Straughn
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Tue, Jan 31st, 1978
Photo of Donald Ray LeCompte
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Fri, Jan 21st, 1972
Photo of Joseph K. Buren
Captain
Joseph K. Buren
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sat, Dec 17th, 1960
Photo of Riley R. Pryor
Firefighter
Riley R. Pryor
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sat, Dec 17th, 1960
Photo of Jesse "Red" Wilson Sr.
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sat, Dec 17th, 1960
Photo of Walter F. Wallace Jr.
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Sat, Oct 4th, 1952
Photo of George H. Wolfe
Private
George H. Wolfe
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Thu, May 6th, 1943
Photo of Arthur Butcher
Private
Arthur Butcher
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Natural Disaster
Thu, Mar 18th, 1937
Photo of Isaac Abraham
Captain
Isaac Abraham
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Asphyxiation
Sat, Sep 19th, 1936
Photo of John Duffy
Lieutenant
John Duffy
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Fri, May 8th, 1936
Photo of Matthew W. Heffernan
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Stroke
Wed, Feb 27th, 1935
Photo of Louis W. Brimer
Private
Louis W. Brimer
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Mon, Dec 11th, 1933
Photo of Charle Kern
Private
Charle Kern
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Sat, Jan 7th, 1933
Photo of Walter G. Wallace Sr.
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Fri, Apr 17th, 1931
Photo of John Malick
Private
John Malick
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Tue, Apr 23rd, 1929
Photo of John J. Connelly
Firefighter
John J. Connelly
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Mon, Mar 18th, 1929
Photo of H. Charles Handwerker
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sat, Sep 22nd, 1928
Photo of Robert "Lee" Paul
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Tue, Sep 18th, 1928
Photo of Lee Marion McGee
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Mon, Sep 17th, 1928
Photo of Fred Stephen
Captain
Fred Stephen
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Asphyxiation
Thu, Aug 9th, 1928
Photo of William Denneler Jr.
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Nov 27th, 1927
Photo of George F. Booth
Captain
George F. Booth
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Mon, Aug 29th, 1927
Photo of Joseph M. Terrell
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Asphyxiation
Wed, Aug 17th, 1927
Photo of William "Bud" Fisher
Assistant Chief
William "Bud" Fisher
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Wed, Dec 29th, 1926
Photo of Charles A. Webb
Private
Charles A. Webb
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Wed, Dec 29th, 1926
Photo of Patrick J. Sheehan
Firefighter
Patrick J. Sheehan
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fri, May 22nd, 1925
Photo of Thomas Maloney
Private
Thomas Maloney
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Asphyxiation
Wed, Dec 27th, 1922
Photo of Albert Thresher
Private
Albert Thresher
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Electrocution (Accidental)
Wed, Jul 12th, 1922
Photo of Charles O. Keller
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure (Toxins)
Mon, Dec 26th, 1921
Photo of Franck C. Mellen
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident
Wed, May 25th, 1921
Photo of William Steele
Engineer
William Steele
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty Related Illness
Wed, Feb 23rd, 1921
Photo of George Dutt
Lieutenant
George Dutt
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty Related Illness
Fri, Dec 31st, 1920
Photo of Joseph A. Hopwood
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sat, Oct 16th, 1920
Photo of Jacob Loeb
Captain
Jacob Loeb
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty Related Illness
Sat, Jun 28th, 1919
Photo of Edward J. McCue
Pipeman
Edward J. McCue
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Burns
Thu, Nov 8th, 1917
Photo of Edward Rider
Pipeman
Edward Rider
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Dec 5th, 1915
Photo of Charles T. Conley
Firefighter
Charles T. Conley
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Sun, Jun 4th, 1911
Photo of Ben Dillon
Chief
Ben Dillon
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
Sun, Dec 26th, 1909
Photo of Harry Bundschu
Captain
Harry Bundschu
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Accident (Other)
Sun, Jul 19th, 1908
Photo of John Kraemer
Captain
John Kraemer
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Wed, May 6th, 1908
Photo of Herman Gernhardt
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty Related Illness
Sun, Jan 19th, 1908
Photo of Harry E. Brown
Firefighter
Harry E. Brown
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fri, Nov 24th, 1905
Photo of George H. Callaway
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Fri, Aug 4th, 1905
Photo of John D. Hughes
Engineer
John D. Hughes
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Mon, Dec 21st, 1903
Photo of Edward J. Connelly
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Heart Attack
Fri, Nov 20th, 1903
Photo of Harry Charlton
Assistant Chief's Aide
Harry Charlton
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Sun, Jun 7th, 1903
Photo of William Henzy
Firefighter
William Henzy
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Thu, Oct 30th, 1902
Photo of Walter E. Sinkhorn
Firefighter
Walter E. Sinkhorn
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Fall (Accidental)
Sun, Feb 2nd, 1902
Photo of Peter F. Bussey
Firefighter
Peter F. Bussey
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exertion
Tue, Jul 30th, 1901
Photo of Charles Neville
Firefighter
Charles Neville
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Wed, Apr 24th, 1901
Photo of William "Major" Hartigan
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty Related Illness
Thu, Feb 22nd, 1900
Photo of Joseph Tanksley
Captain
Joseph Tanksley
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Accidental)
Mon, Sep 26th, 1898
Photo of John Sweeney
Captain
John Sweeney
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Wed, Jun 29th, 1898
Photo of Charles A. Boas
Firefighter
Charles A. Boas
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Tue, Nov 9th, 1897
Photo of Valentine "Val" Schwab
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Burns
Tue, Jul 7th, 1896
Photo of Jacob Rabenecker
Firefighter
Jacob Rabenecker
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Accidental)
Fri, May 29th, 1896
Photo of Lewis R. "Doc" Tomlinson
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Mon, Dec 2nd, 1895
Photo of Thomas B. Westbay
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure
Fri, Mar 22nd, 1895
Photo of Richard Musselman
Firefighter
Richard Musselman
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Duty Related Illness
Wed, Feb 6th, 1895
Photo of Henry T. Wells
Firefighter
Henry T. Wells
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure
Mon, Jun 12th, 1893
Photo of Thomas Finley
Assistant Chief
Thomas Finley
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exposure
Fri, Jun 9th, 1893
Photo of Samuel H. Baker
Firefighter
Samuel H. Baker
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of William Davis
Firefighter
William Davis
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of Thomas Moore
Firefighter
Thomas Moore
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of Anthony Schlicht
Firefighter
Anthony Schlicht
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Thu, Dec 10th, 1891
Photo of Dennis McGrath
Firefighter
Dennis McGrath
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Fri, Jun 19th, 1891
Photo of Maurice O'Hern
Pipeman
Maurice O'Hern
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Accident (Other)
Sat, May 31st, 1890
Photo of Herbert Coke
Captain
Herbert Coke
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Trauma (Accidental)
Thu, Jan 30th, 1890
Photo of Edward Early
Captain
Edward Early
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sun, Sep 15th, 1889
Photo of Patrick Foley
Firefighter
Patrick Foley
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sun, Sep 15th, 1889
Photo of John Monehan
Firefighter
John Monehan
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sun, Sep 15th, 1889
Photo of Lawrence O. Steigleiter
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sun, Sep 15th, 1889
Photo of Thomas Whalen
Firefighter
Thomas Whalen
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Structural Collapse
Sun, Sep 15th, 1889
Photo of Dennis Hamilton
Engineer
Dennis Hamilton
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Explosion (Accidental)
Fri, Feb 17th, 1888
Photo of Nicholas Lawrence
Firefighter
Nicholas Lawrence
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Accident (Other)
Tue, Jan 31st, 1888
Photo of James Connell
Engineer
James Connell
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Explosion (Accidental)
Sat, Nov 13th, 1886
Photo of Jack Hunt
Firefighter
Jack Hunt
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Exertion
Wed, Aug 12th, 1874
Photo of Francis M. Atkison
Firefighter
Francis M. Atkison
Louisville Fire Department (KY)
Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Sun, Jun 8th, 1862