Firefighter Francis M. Atkison

Photo of Firefighter Francis M. Atkison
Last Call: Sun, Jun 8th, 1862
Date of Incident: Wed, May 28th, 1862
Cause of Death: Horse Drawn Vehicle (Response)
Service Time: 18 years
Age: Not Known


Documentation discovered in 1999 revealed that Francis M. Atkinson was the first member of the Louisville Fire Dept to lose his life in the line of duty.

Firefighter Atkinson was responding to a fire at 8th and Broadway on the Sim Watkins Engine Co. 5, when the steam engine overturned, trapping Atkinson under the vehicle for nearly a half hour.


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Louisville, Kentucky 40203
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There is 1 tribute for Firefighter Francis M. Atkison.

Firefighter Francis M. Atkison
Left on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Thank you. Rest in peace. You are not forgotten.