Private John J. Lorenzano

Photo of Private John J. Lorenzano
Last Call: Wed, Feb 5th, 1992
Date of Incident: Wed, Feb 5th, 1992
Cause of Death: Asphyxiation
Service Time: 4 years
Age: 29


His wife Barbara, daughter Annie, mother Mary, sisters Angela and Nancy, and brothers Tony, Michael, Mark, Vincent and Victor


Firefighters responded to a fire at the Indianapolis Athletic Club. They were initially delayed by the annunciator panel indicating the fire was in the basement of the building. When they realized the fire was actually on the third floor they were further delayed by a fire hose standpipe the maintenance personnel had sealed shut with Teflon tape. While some firefighters worked on the standpipe, others were sent to attack the origin of the fire in the barroom. However, the fire had spread above and behind the firefighters through a false ceiling containing combustible materials, resulting in a flashover that trapped and killed Corporal Gelenius, Private Lorenzano and severely burned another. One civilian was also killed. For a full report see:


Indianapolis Fire Department Patch
555 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 327-6041


There are 3 tributes for Private John J. Lorenzano.

Private John J. Lorenzano
Left by Brad Fishel, Lt Col, USAF (Ret) on Friday, February 5th, 2010

Zano - You passed 18 years ago today...I still think of you often. Just know that I've taken you with me every time I've been to Iraq, Afghanistan and every state in CONUS. You've protected me just like you did in college and I will never forget my friend.