Fireman John Curran

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Fireman John Curran was killed on November 22nd 1929 thrown from the fire truck and  crushed  between the rig and a parked auto. At 16:19 hours, Truck 3 answered an alarm from Box 234, at William and Shipman Streets. At West Market and Norfolk Streets, the driver swung the truck out to pass an auto and the tiller wheels got locked in the trolley tracks. When the wheels were finally released, it caused the tiller to swing wildly to the left and strike a parked car.

Fireman; Curran, 49, who was riding the left running board, was crushed between the truck and the car and then thrown from the rig. The car was then pushed forward by the force of the impact and struck a pedestrian. Badly cut about the body, Curran was placed in a passing auto and rushed to the hospital, where the 27-year veteran died about an hour later as the result of a punctured lung and other internal injuries. The alarm he was responding to was pulled for a fire in the Washington Upholstery Co., at 73 Shipman Street. The $500 blaze was caused by an overheated motor.

The accident was caused witnesses said, by the rear wheels of the long hook and ladder truck catching in the trolley tracks when the driver swung out to to pass an automobile.  When the rear wheels were released, the truck swung sharply to the left.  Curran was  riding on the left side of the vehicle was crushed when the apparatus struck the parked car on his side.  His body was badly cut and his lung was punctured.

Curran who was temporarily assigned to truck No. 3 was in route to a call at 4:19 from box 234 at William and Shipman Streets.  Curran was taken to hospital in a passing automobile and died within an hour from internal injuries commissioner Murray was at his bedside.

“The fire was in the Washington Upholstery Co. plant at 73 Shipment Street.  The blaze did damage estimated at $500 it was caused by an overheated motor” police said.

Curran was born October 14th 1880 and appointed to the fire department June 16th,1902.  Chief Towey stated  this morning. ” The Newark Fire Department had lost one of the finest type of men.  Fireman John Curran’s work was always of the finest order.”  He served the Newark Fire Department for 27 years.

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