Lieutenant Ernie Simmons
Date of Incident: June, 1973
Date of Death: June, 1973
Location: Central Fire Station #1, Alarm Office
Cause: Heart Attack
Lieutenant Simmons had just put Engine 1 back in service at Central Fire Station when a resuscitator alarm was given for the alarm office, also at Central Station. Firefighters responded next door (where the museum now stands) and attempted to resuscitate Simmons for approximately 3 hours without success.
Dr. Maurice Hood had visited Firefighter Simmons, who was complaining of epigastric pain, several minutes before his cardiac arrest, and was only a few blocks from the fire station when he heard the alarm dispatched. Upon his return to help, he assisted firefighters attempting to revive Firefighter Simmons.