Battalion Chief Dies At Cincinnati Fire
Chief Robert Riegler, 3rd Battalion, Cincinnati, Ohio, Fire Department, collapsed and died on June 13 while directing operations of the 1st Battalion at a second alarm for the Central Brass Co., 1020 Woodrow Street. Immediate cause was given as smoke inhalation.
Chief Riegler had been special-called to the second at Box 5131 at 8:39 p.m. to cover for Battalion Chief 1 who was at another fire. On arrival he directed hose line and ladder placement and then returned from heavy smoke conditions to order placement of salvage covers and masks for all personnel. He then collapsed and wus given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by Assistant Chief Luggaui, director of training. Dr. Giles Decourscy administered adrenalin hut the chief was declared dead on arrival at General Hospital. Chief Riegler was 45 years of age and a veteran of 22 years service in the department.