Longest Fire Run

Longest Fire Run

Navy Lieutenant Edward J. Gaughan, a native of Boston, Mass., and a member of that city’s Fire Department for twenty-one years, has been decorated for heroism after perhaps the longest “run” on record in response to a fire alarm.

With eight enlisted men, Lieutenant Gaughan flew from Norfolk, Va., to fight a fire aboard a warship in the tropics, an airline distance of 1,500 miles. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the citation was read off recently at Norfolk with Lieutenant Gaughan and the enlisted men receiving the salutes.

The citation told how they “boarded the vessel, which had been beached and badly gutted by fire when there was ever-present danger of combustible gases and explosion of unflooded magazines” to extinguish the blaze. It added that he and his comrades worked for hours “in the heat so intense that the glass tube on the thermometer burst.”

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