Captain Jones was riding in the front seat of a fire pumper that was struck at an intersection by a mail truck, turning the fire truck on to its side. The fire truck was in route to another fire house for replacement that was out on a fire. At the time of the incident replacement was considered an emergency response with the fire truck traveling with its lights and siren on. Also killed in this incident were FF William Nation, FF John Craig and FF Robert Geisler.
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Frank passed away six years before I was born, but I remember my now deceased father, Harry Jay Jones, Jr., talking about his "Uncle Frankie." I would hear stories as a child in the 1960s of how Frankie was a St. Louis firefighter, how he was killed responding to a call, and how much my father missed him.
For years I didn't really know who "Frankie" was, but recently I have discovered photos thanks to the help of a distant relative I met on Ancestry.com. I now have rediscovered the story and photos of my long lost uncle.
As a former U.S. Navy engineer and firefighter myself, I have a deep appreciation for Uncle Frank's WWI service as a U.S. Army corporal and in leading the men of Company 36 of the St. Louis Fire Department on that fateful day in September 1955. RIP Uncle Frank.