The Fallen Firefighters Memorial is in Occidental Square, Seattle – a beautiful paved and tree lined Square. The memorial is to honor four firefighters who on the 5 January 1995 died when a floor in the Pang Warehouse, International District of Seattle unexpectedly collapsed beneath them. When an investigation was done they found that the fire was arson – the warehouse owner’s son was arrested and is serving more than 30 years in jail. Two of the firefighters survived the fall to the basement as the floor collapsed and managed to crawl a short way before dying, the other two bodies were found where they fell. Tragically it is believed that all 4 died of asphyxiation after running out of air or losing the integrity of their Breathing Apparatus.
The Investigation into the fire led to a number of changes for the Fire Service.
On the day we visited Occidental Square it was sunny, quiet, and peaceful with few people milling about enjoying the warm weather. It felt a very fitting place for an awesome memorial to be placed for these very brave men.
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HI Sharon, Sounds like you are filling in the days OK, Bet you can’t wait to get the big shopping trip underway. Great to read your all your news. Just heard about the big boxing match. Don’t know if you are interested, but I am sure Sean will want to know. Joseph Parker has beaten Carlos Takam, in 12 rounds, by unanimous decision. He now gets a crack at the world title.
Keep up he good work,
Hi Rod, so lovely to hear from you – thank you for taking the time. We have a Battle Parkinsons with Boxing event in Seattle June 5 – thought I’d go along and try it out 🙂 Take care Rod, hope you are well and happy 🙂