Minneapolis Fire Department

Marden & Lawrence - Minneapolis FD

William R. Marden, Captain, Engine 6 - May 8, 1928

Arthur N. Lawrence, Firefighter, Engine 6 - May 8, 1928

Marden and Lawrence died in action at a blaze in a commercial building at Nicollet Avenue and 15th Street. They were working in the first floor of a barber shop next to a beauty shop where a basement fire was in progress, when the floor of the barber shop collapsed without warning. Flames that instantly involved the barber shop prevented their rescue. Both were found dead of asphyxiation, after the fire hand been extinguished, in the basement of the beauty shop where they had crawled seeking escape.