I was reminded of these song lyrics from Bill Joel's 1977 hit song when learning about the death of Fire Warden Clarence C. Grimm of the Tamalpais Forest Fire District. The origin of this old saying goes back much further than Billy Joel, all the way back to ancient Greece. A proverb as told by Greek Historian Herodotus c. 445 B.C. includes the phrase "Whom the gods love dies young."
Visit our Line of Duty Deaths section on the Marin Fire History web site and read about the loss of Fire Warden Grimm in 1932. He was survived by his wife Anna and four children, and the Marin County FD Fire Station on Throckmorton Ridge is dedicated in his memory and "...to all firefighters who serve to protect the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais from Wildfire." Thanks to Marin County Firefighter Todd Lando, retired, for his help with this story.
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