Firefighter William "Billy" Ruetz

Photo of Firefighter William "Billy" Ruetz
Last Call: Fri, Apr 4th, 1879
Date of Incident: Fri, Apr 4th, 1879
Cause of Death: Structural Collapse
Service Time: 1 year & 6 months
Age: 24




The fire that claimed the life of Firefighter Ruetz destroyed an entire city block boarded by Fourth and Fifth Streets and Washington Avenue and Saint Charles. A collapse occurred while several firefighters were on the roof attempting to get hoselines into positon. Captain Frederick Nissen also died in the incident.


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St. Louis, Missouri 63106
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