11/16/13 182 W - + 6 - 10 UPDATED: Three Asheville Firefighters Killed in 1891

November 16
Date correction. This incident occurred on August 27, 1891, versus the same date in 1892, as cited in error in my August 2010 posting.

November 4
Updating some of my fallen firefighter information. Came across this blog post from August 2010, about a railroad trestle in Iredell County. That was where two people were struck, and one was killed, by a train traveling over the trestle at 2:45 a.m. The bridge was also the site of a deadline derailment one-hundred years earlier, and one that killed three members of the Asheville Fire Department on August 27, 1892 1891. Three other firemen were injured. They were returning from the state fireman's tournament in Durham.



Based on current criteria, do these qualify as duty deaths? And perhaps warrant inclusion in the state memorial? Good question. Will forward the information to the appropriate parties. These would be the earliest record duty deaths in the state's histories, occurring a decade earlier than the passing of Edward Peed at a warehouse fire in Washington.

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