Minneapolis Fire Department

John Berwin - Minneapolis FD

John Berwin, Captain, Ladder 1 - January 10, 1906

Berwin died in action while attempting to rescue a womantrapped by fire on the seventh floor of the West Hotel at Hennepin Avenue South and 5th Street. He was carrying her down a pompier ladder when her hysterical struggled threw them from the ladder. The woman was caught as she fell by Captain Georege Kehoe on a third florr balcony, but Berwin fell seven floors to the street and died instantly.