Chief R. O. Mesnar Injured at Fire
Chief Engineer Robert O. Mesnar, of the Canton, O., fire department, received cuts on the head and possible internal injuries when a brick gable on the engine house of the Royal Brick Company, near the southwest city line, fell during a fire on December 4. Chief Mesnar and Field Captain Robert Little and Lieutenant William Noaker, who were injured at the same time, were taken to a hospital. Mesnar, Little and Noaker were entering the engine building when it fell and didn’t have a second’s warning. There was a crash and a shower of brick buried the men. Noaker rose from the heap with a pile of brick on his back. Mesnar and Little didn’t move. They were dragged out from under the debris. While in bed in the hospital, Chief Mesnar said to a number of firemen: “My advice to you fellows is this: Do as Little has always done. Fight the fires with brains. Use your heads, don’t lose them. When you go into a fire, and I have seen you going into many of them, look where you are going. Look over you. See if everything is all right. We looked—I know I did—at that gable. It looked all right, but it wasn’t. However, we looked. You do the same.” Little was completely paralyzed below the hips and specialists from Cleveland were summoned to Canton by Mayor Stolberg and Safety Director Kunkel to make an examination of Little’s spine. Noaker received cuts on his head. The fire was extinguished after about $500 damage was done.