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

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

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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)
Motor Vehicle Accident (Response)
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. Boos
Captain
Charles A. Boos
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)
Sun, Mar 29th, 1896