Iowa Firefighter Memorial

This page is dedicated in memory of Iowa's firefghters who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty.  The Iowa Firefighters Memorial is located north of Interstate 80 in Coralville, Iowa.  It is a standing tribute to those that served Iowa's communities against the rages of fire.  The mission of the memorial is to forever honor, celebrate and inspire the spirit, courage and service of Iowa firefighters - past, present and future. 

Iowa Firefighters - Line of Duty Deaths (147)
Iowa Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths
Firefighter Name Rank Department Date of Death
Charles Smith Firefighter Cedar Rapids Fire Department July 31, 1890
Lycurgus M. Leek Firefighter Iowa City Fire Department June 19, 1897
Grant Norton Firefighter Harlan Fire Department June 17, 1901
William Wise Firefighter Dubuque Fire Department May 2, 1902
Charles Ganahl Firefighter Dubuque Fire Department May 8, 1902
John Fitzpatrick Firefighter Dubuque Fire Department May 8, 1902
Bernard McBride Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department April 3, 1904
Emil Arthofer Firefighter Dubuque Fire Department May 24, 1905
Robert Davidson Firefighter Colfax Fire Department May 28, 1905
T. S. Cunningham Captain Davenport Fire Department December 18, 1905
C. A. Carlson Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department January 14, 1907
John Clark Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department January 17, 1907
Henry Joseph Brow Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department September 26, 1911
Charles H. Eicher Firefighter Waterloo Fire Department December 19, 1911
Seely Lawton Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department March 26, 1914
Frank Fulton Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department March 26, 1914
S. L. Shivers Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department March 14, 1915
Richard C. Coates Firefighter Sheldon Fire Department September 25, 1915
Peter Zillig Firefighter Dubuque Fire Department October 8, 1917
Dick Eggleston Firefighter Osceola Fire Department November 22, 1917
George Griffin Firefighter Osceola Fire Department November 22, 1917
Adolph Leibsohn Firefighter Dike Fire Department October 9, 1918
Charles Mohr Firefighter Davenport Fire Department February 3, 1924
C. A. Grim Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department December 13, 1927
George Nelson Firefighter Cedar Rapids Police Department August 29, 1927
Manual Vlach Firefighter Cedar Rapids Police Department December 29, 1927
Merritt Nolan Firefighter Chariton Fire Department January 3, 1928
Ralph Judkins Firefighter Indianola Fire Department March 4, 1928
Paul Soseman Firefighter Holstein Fire Department August 1, 1930
Fred Raukohl Firefighter Holstein Fire Department August 1, 1930
Thomas Lingle Firefighter Holstein Fire Department August 1, 1930
William Gebers Firefighter Holstein Fire Department August 1, 1930
Thomas L. Grogan Firefighter Keokuk Fire Department October 27, 1932
Oscar J. Roland Firefighter What Cheer Fire Department August 27, 1933
William T. Phillips Firefighter What Cheer Fire Department August 27, 1933
Leslie Hermann Firefighter What Cheer Fire Department August 27, 1933
Marvin J. Bodeman Firefighter What Cheer Fire Department August 27, 1933
S. W. Britton Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department October 10, 1933
Louis Kraut Firefighter Cedar Rapids Police Department March 30, 1934
Edward H. Knipp Firefighter Waterloo Fire Department November 22, 1936
William Burnett Chief Des Moines Fire Department March 26, 1937
Elmer Hubacher Firefighter Dubuque Fire Department March 20, 1938
Fred E. Welsh Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department August 25, 1939
Herman Otto Firefighter Waterloo Fire Department May 21, 1940
Leo J. Kelly Firefigher Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department (Davenport) June 20, 1941
Joseph Shimanek Firefighter Oxford Junction Fire Department March 26, 1943
John Peterson Firefighter Council Bluffs Fire Department July 11, 1943
William Victor Knowles Firefighter Hubbard Fire Department December 10, 1943
Theo Pointer Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department July 10, 1944
Arthur Cochran Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department December 5, 1944
Richard S. Overturf Firefighter Elberton Fire Department December 3, 1945
Conrad F. Frey Captain Davenport Fire Department January 5, 1947
Lloyd King Firefighter Deep River Fire Department June 27, 1947
Carl O. Danielson Chief Decorah Fire Department July 22, 1947
Harold Herman Firefighter Burlington Fire Department October 12, 1947
Patrick L. Swift Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department December 5, 1948
Lawrence F. Stradtman Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department February 18, 1949
Mike T. Sheehey Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department March 31, 1950
William Cavett Driver Council Bluffs Fire Department November 20, 1950
Oliver Bird Lieutenant Des Moines Fire Department February 8, 1951
David William Silts Firefighter Ames Fire Department February 15, 1952
Patrick Casey Captain Dubuque Fire Department August 13, 1952
Charles Gioimo Firefighter Dyersville Fire Department September 1, 1952
Velois Linden Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department October 31, 1952
Stephen Mironchick Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department November 6, 1952
Gurney Thornton Firefighter New Providence Fire Department 1954
Fred E. Moore Firefighter Mason City Fire Department June 30, 1954
Vincent Mohatt Firefighter Vail Fire Department 1955
William O. Turner Firefighter Marengo Fire Department December 29, 1955
Stanley Peterson Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department February 16, 1956
Dorman Johnson Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department February 16, 1956
Robert E. Carter Chief Alta Fire Department January 1, 1957
Waldo T. Wold Firefighter Saint Ansgar Fire Department August 15, 1958
David E. Zaugg Firefighter West Bend Fire Department January 2, 1960
Albert Bartlow Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department March 6, 1960
Darrell McTwigan Firefighter Council Bluffs Fire Department March 16, 1961
James J. Harty Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department 1962
Ralph Quinn Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department February 27, 1962
Frank F. Gutknecht Firefighter Hudson Fire Department August 28, 1962
Waldo Merrill Firefighter Council Bluffs Fire Department January 17, 1964
George A. Zeman Firefighter Hills Fire Department June 20, 1964
Gerald Snethen Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department August 14, 1964
Maurice I. Repp Firefighter Marengo Fire Department October 16, 1964
Edward Kudron Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department September 9, 1965
Thomas Schlueger Firefighter Fort Dodge Fire Department 1966
Edgar Doyle Jacobs Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department August 31, 1966
Lester J. Shadel Firefighter Davenport Fire Department October 26, 1967
Clarence Niemeyer Chief Garner Fire Department October 29, 1967
Jess W. Martin Firefighter Livermore Fire Department November 9, 1967
Bernard Deeny Firefighter Waukon Fire Department March 30, 1968
B. Burdette Bennett Firefighter Toledo Fire Department 1969
Lewis P. Freeman Chief Vinton Fire Department April 9, 1969
Bob McDowell Firefighter Clarksville Fire Department June 27, 1969
John Leto Firefighter Des Moines Fire Department February 10, 1970
Robert Hein Firefighter Iowa City Fire Department 1971
Woodrow Loux Firefighter Eagle Grove Fire Department 1973
Hillary Zeller Firefighter Palo Fire Department January 12, 1973
James Lee Longmuir Firefighter Waverly Fire Department May 15, 1973
Elvin Thompson Firefighter Sigourney Fire Department August 21, 1973
Bruce Jacobs Firefighter Sigourney FIre Department August 21, 1973
Warren H. Cunningham Firefighter Mason City Fire Department August 31, 1973
L. L. Hinmon Firefighter Independence Fire Department July 11, 1975
Floyd L. Hale Firefighter Polk City Fire Department January 5, 1976
Robert Simon Firefighter Cedar Rapids Fire Department May 20, 1976
Melvin Goebel Firefighter Cedar Rapids Fire Department May 20, 1976
James Schurg Firefighter Ruthven Fire Department September 7, 1976
Eldon L. Christensen Firefighter Clarksville Fire Department January 21, 1977
Walter Eberhart Firefighter Charlotte Fire Department December 22, 1981
James R. Baker Firefighter Ankeny Fire Department 1982
Kirk M. Wicker Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department June 27, 1982
Michael L. Johnson Firefighter Sioux City Fire Department June 27, 1982
John Evans Firefighter Clear Lake Fire Department 1984
Harold L. Hansen Firefighter Audubon Fire Department March 2, 1984
Lyle V. Boone Firefighter Sydney Fire Department January 21, 1985
Wayne H. Burmeister Chief Lost Nation Fire Department December 23, 1985
Joseph M. Witt Captain West Burlington Fire Department January 1, 1990
William T. Klein Firefighter West Burlington Fire Department January 1, 1990
Mike Pinneke Firefighter Garner Fire Department 1991
John H. Sienknecht Firefighter Clutier Fire Department December 8, 1991
Don Milner Firefighter Elliott Fire Department November 17, 1992
Jack Grosse Firefighter Cedar Falls Fire Department October 24, 1997
Larry R. Walsh Firefighter Albert City Fire Department April 9, 1998
Tom Archer Firefighter Albert City Fire Department April 9, 1998
Nathan R. Tuck Firefighter Keokuk Fire Department December 22, 1999
David M. McNally Firefighter Keokuk Fire Department December 22, 1999
Jason L. Bitting Firefighter Keokuk Fire Department December 22, 1999
Douglas G. Stevens Firefighter Story City Fire Department February 4, 2000
Kevin Sterenchuk Firefighter Cedar Rapids Fire Department March 27, 2000
James Ted Griffith Firefighter Winterset Fire Department April 7, 2000
Dale Simpson Firefighter Clear Lake Fire Department April 2, 2001
Michael R. Kruse Firefighter Muscatine Fire Department September 14, 2002
James Duane Richards Firefighter Oran Fire Department October 20, 2003
Dixie Lee Steckelberg Firefighter Lovilla Fire Department December 18, 2003
Gregory H. Vieth Firefighter Davenport Fire Department January 9, 2004
Donald Nathan Carlson Firefighter Ute Fire Department November 2, 2004
Michael A. Mercurio Firefighter Urbandale Fire Department February 18, 2005
Justin P. Faur Firefighter Andover Volunteer Fire Department April 30, 2005
Daniel Anthony Nichols Firefighter Indianola Fire Department December 26, 2005
Steven S. Crannell Firefighter Guthrie Center Fire Department April 22, 2010
Michael B. Collins Firefighter Shelby Fire Department September 18, 2011
Larry Dean Nielsen Chief Gilmore City Fire Department October 9, 2012
Michael "Coop" E. Cooper Assistant Chief Centerville Fire Department January 31, 2015
Douglas McCauley Engineer Des Moines Fire Department February 11, 2017
James Franciskovich Firefighter Ames Fire Department March 17, 2017
Steven P. Buser Chief Earling Fire and Rescue October 20, 2018
Eric M. Hosette Lieutenant Clinton Fire Department January 5, 2019