We've discovered yet another death in the line of duty (LODD) in the Marin County fire service. A Ross volunteer fireman was killed while fighting a fire at a home in 1914. Aristid Papadimetrion was an immigrant from Greece who was a Ross volunteer fireman and also a member of the California National Guard. He had started using the name of Harry or Henry George (newspaper articles differ) - it was common for immigrants to change their names to assimilate into the American culture. We don't know yet if this was an official name change but will continue research.
The phrase "Never Forget" is common is today's fire service. Unfortunately without any methodology to preserve the memories it only takes a few generations of change to forget. That's one of the main reasons we are doing the Marin Fire History project - what we as a fire service have forgotten will now be remembered and recognized. Is this case the very sad death of a young fireman in Ross while fighting a fire. Read the newspaper accounts by clicking the button below or by going to our Line of Duty Deaths menu.
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