Chief Gardner, of Lafayette, Badly Injured

Issue 23 and Volume 65.

Chief Gardner, of Lafayette, Badly Injured Eugene P. Gardner, chief of the Lafayette, Ind., fire department, is at the point of death at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, and John A. Deichmiller, a hoseman of the department, has a fractured right arm, as the result of an explosion of a hand chemical tank, when the department was fighting a small fire. Deichmiller was in charge of the tank, which is operated by breaking a bottle filled with chemical, thus generating a gas which throws spray from the apparatus. When the bottle was broken the spray failed to issue from the nozzle and the fire chief stepped up to aid Deichmiller. The top of the tank blew off and struck Deichmiller on the arm and then hit Gardner on the left temple with great force. A large part of the skull was fractured and fragments of bone were driven into his brain. Surgeons…

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