New York Fireman Injured
Captain John J. Shannon, of Truck Company No. 6, of New York, lies at death’s door in the Bellevue Hospital with the base of his spine fractured by a 30-foot fall through a skylight during a fire in the factory of the American Tinfoil Company in East 18th street last Friday evening. Captain Shannon was acting as chief of the sixth battalion when the fire took place. When he arrived at the fire it had gained such headway that he sent in a second alarm, which was followed by a third. The fumes from the burning materials in the building overcame several firemen and several ambulances were called into service to convey them to hospitals. The flames shut off an entrance to the building from the street and Shannon ordered a 35-foot extension ladder to the top of the building in a rear alley, up which he went to the roof with his men in the darkness and plunged through a skylight to the floor 30 feet below. He received several injuries in addition to a fractured spine. Captain Shannon has been a member of the department 22 years; has an excellent record and resides in Brooklyn with his wife and nine children from 4 to 21 years of age. He was taking the place of Battalion Chief Scully, who was on his vacation.