Chief D. Cowan Injured by Fall From Ladder

Issue 9 and Volume 108.

Chief D. Cowan Injured by Fall From Ladder Don Cowan, 31-year-old Chief of the Naches, Wash., Fire Department suffered possible spinal and pelvic injuries on July 7 when he fell from a ladder at the height of a fire which swept through the Shearer Warehouse in Tieton, Wash. Cowan was operating a line from his own pumper when the back pressure apparently caused him to slip and fall 20 feet to the ground. He was taken to a hospital in Yakima in the newly-purchased Gleed first aid car. His condition is reported satisfactory. Tieton Fire Chief Ralph Brooks stated that the fire started on the rear loading platform about 11:15 P.M., just following a meeting of the Tieton volunteers a half block away. Firemen from Tieton, Cowiche, Naches and Naches Heights fought the quarter million dollar fire for six-and-one-half hours in the face of winds up to 20 miles per…

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