Captain John "Henry" Johnson

Photo of Captain John "Henry" Johnson
Last Call: Fri, Jun 17th, 1881
Date of Incident: Thu, Jun 16th, 1881
Cause of Death: Unknown
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 42


His wife Sophia, sons Henry, Phillip, and Albert, and daughters Catherine and Elizabeth.


Captain Johnson of Hose Company #7 was overcome by heat while working at the Armstrong Furniture Factory fire on Franklin Street. He was taken home unconscious. Medical assistance was summoned for and provided but despite their efforts, he died the following day. Captain Johnson was the first Evansville firefighter to die in the line of duty. His great great grandson serves with the Evansville Fire Department today.


Evansville Fire Department
Evansville Fire Department Patch
550 Southeast 8th Street
Evansville, Indiana 47713-1786
(812) 867-6761
Chief Mike Connelly


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