Leadership

Deputy Chief Loftus Dies

Issue 1 and Volume 97.

Deputy Chief Loftus Dies Deputy Chief Leo J. Loftus, 49, a veteran of twenty-one years’ service in the Watertown, N. Y., Fire Department, died suddenly of a pulmonary embolism and coronary sclerosis on December 13, 1943, while helping his son shovel snow from a skating rink. The chief had complained of chest pains since inhaling chlorine gas at a fire in the City of Watertown in November, but had continued working. Five persons, including four firemen, were overcome by the gas at the Globe Crayon Company fire and had been hospitalized. Chief Loftus had assisted in the fire-fighting operations. An autopsy was performed, but medical examiners said further tests would be necessary to determine if he had been affected by the gas. Chief Loftus, a graduate of the Army Chemical Warfare school at Edgewood Arsenal, Md., was the first Watertown civilian to receive a federal war service bar for 2,000…

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