Minneapolis Fire Department

Homer C. Harris - Minneapolis FD

Homer C. Harris, FMO, Rescue Squad - May 24, 1948

Harris died in action at a fire in the basement of Jack's Restaurant at 413 Hennepin Avenue South. His crew had worked a line down the rear stairs into the basement when a sudden build up of heat and smoke drove them back. Harris collapsed before he could reach the stairs; the rest of the crew, nearly overcome themselves, were able only to pull him to the foot of the stairs before they had to flee. Fresh crews soon brought Harris out, but he had succumbed to asphyxiation.