Fallen Hero

Charles Summers
Little Rock Fire Department - February 17, 1920

Tuesday February 17, 1920 Chemical Hose Company 8 was traveling west on 8th Street to a fire at 14th and Chester.  As the apparatus neared Gaines Street, a car pulled into their path.  Driver Joe Lee hit the brakes causing the truck to skid, striking the curb and throwing LT. Sam Coots off the tailboard.  When the skid began, Summers attempted to jump off the tailboard, but the spinning apparatus knocked him into the curb.  Firefighter Summers was taken to City Hospital, where he died at 5:30 pm from a fractured skull.

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