As of the last blog we did not have a name of the convict who was killed while fighting the huge Jute Mill fire at San Quentin in 1909. Thankfully, through further research by retired Larkspur Chief Bill Lellis, we have his name. See the first entry in the Line of Duty Deaths menu, and also visit the More>Major Fires, Incidents >Structure Fires>1909 Jute Mill Fire page for that fire story. Thanks Bill!
This kind of research would not have been possible just a few years ago, but with the wonders of the internet and the ever-increasing volume of old newspapers that have been digitized - success! We still hope to get much more information about this through the historical collection at San Quentin, but getting permission to access those records has proved difficult. We do have a letter in to the 'powers that be' in State Corrections. Stay Tuned....
Also this week, we are pleased to publish Chief Ronny J. Coleman's Thesis completed for his Master's Degree at the California State University at Long Beach in 1994. Titled "The Evolution of California Fire Service Training And Education." You can read the entire thesis through our scrolling reader by going to the More>California State Fire Training page. In addition, Ronny has shared more photos of Ed Bent, go to More>Special Recognition & Award Recipients>Edward W. Bent page to see those. Thanks Ronny!
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