Firefighter Gottlieb H. Surbeck

Photo of Firefighter Gottlieb H. Surbeck
Last Call: Wed, Dec 5th, 1900
Date of Incident: Wed, Dec 5th, 1900
Cause of Death: Structural Collapse
Service Time: Not Known
Age: 51


His wife Charlotte.


Firefighter Surbeck died when a brick wall collapsed on him and several other firefighters. They were fighting a fire on First Street that destroyed the George L. Mesker & Company and the Loewenthall's Commission House. Surbeck's son Walter followed him to the fire and watched as the wall fell on the firefighters, killing his father. Several hours after the collapse, Firefighter John Strange died of a heart attack.


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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