Two Die as Auto Collides with Fire Engine
The first fatality among Paterson’s (N. J.) civilian defense workers was listed when William G. Conklin, an auxiliary fireman,, died from injuries he received in a crash between an automobile and a fire engine, aboard which, as part of his training as an auxiliary fireman, he was responding to an alarm.
Fireman August Schneider, a member of Engine Company No. 4, who received a fracture at the base of the skull, died the next evening.
Engine Company No. 4 was on its way to a rubbish fire at the time of the crash. The fire engine was almost across the intersection at Mill and Grand Streets, the firemen going north on Mill Street, just a minute after the alarm was turned in.
The car struck the rear mudguard of the fire engine, cutting the rear left tire and rear platform. Conklin was riding in the “basket” on top of the hose, while Schneider was on the side platform of the truck. Conklin was tossed from the “basket” and Schneider was knocked from the running board.