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Canton Fire Department Line of Duty Deaths
Updated On: Sep 12, 2009

 James "Marty" Hall   May 30, 2009

     Captain Hall was hired at the city of Canton Fire Department on June 7, 1993 as a firefighter/paramedic and worked on 1st shift.  He was promoted to Captain on March 5, 2001 and was transferred to 2nd shift at station 9 at Market and 19th St NW.  As Captain at Station 9, Marty recieved a Firefighter of The Year Award on October 7, 2003 for his part in rescuing a child from a burning house. In January 2009 he received a Citation of Merit for his exemplary work at a structure fire in December of the previous year. 

       Marty competed for the city of Canton on the combat challenge team from 1995 to 2000 helping the team reach 2nd place in the national competition in September of 1996. His personal best time was 1:59.00 at Cleveland Regional in 1997 and places 3rd at Cleveland Regional in 1996.

        On May 30, 2009, Captain Hall suffered a heart attack while representing the Canton Fire Department in a charity basketball tournament.  He is survived by his daughters, Arika, Chloe and Ashley; his father James (Sue); mother Joyce (Glenn) Moore; sister Traci (Rob) Farmwald; former wife Renee; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Russell E. Nunamaker  June 4, 1936

         On June 2, 1936, the crew of the 85 foot aerial ladder was sent to the Kittoe Boiler Company plant because big sheets of metal from the sides of the boiler were falling off and blowing away during a storm.  Lieutenant Nunamaker, while removing the metal sheeting, had noticed that the ladder had twisted and buckled.  He had an inspection of the ladder scheduled for June 4, 1936.  He decided to climb the ladder and was three rungs from the top when the ladder buckled and splintered at the base.  He rode the ladder down to the ground and attempted to jump before it hit the ground, but became tangled and ended up hitting his head on a metal grate in the street.  He died just two hours after his accident.  Nunamker had joined the fire department on October 14, 1913.  He was survived by his wife, three daughters, sister and brother.

Christ Schauweker  April 26, 1931

     On April 25, 1931, Christ Schauweker was thrown from the squad truck when it was unable to stop at a railroad crossing.  The truck skidded on wet pavement and proceeded to hit a machine and ride accross the train tracks.  Schauweker received a broken pelvis and internal injuries from the crash and died early the next morning on April 26, 1931.  The alarm that they were responding to proved to be false, which angered the community, especially Chief Mesnar.  Chief Mesnar said that " The person who turned in that false alarm can consider himself guilty of manslaughter."  Christ Schauweker was survived by his mother, sister and brother.  He had been a member of the fire department for eleven years.

Oscar Danford  February 8, 1919

     Firefighter Oscar Danford was riding on the back of the hook and ladder truck on February 8, 1919, when a Garaux truck caused a collision.  The Garaux truck attempted to turn in front of the speeding hook and ladder truck when the collision occurred.  Danford jumped off the truck, but then fell under the wheels of the ladder truck.  He was taken to Mercy hospital, but died before arriving there.  Danford had been a member of the fire department since April 1907.  Chief Mesnar said that he was one of the most reliable members of the fire department.  He was survived by his wife.

Robert Little  March 6, 1916

     On December 4, 1914, firefighters responded to a fire at the Royal brick plant.  While fighting the fire a heavy cornice broke loose and fell on Robert Little, Chief Mesnar and Lieutenant William A. Noaker.  Robert Little received the worst injuries after breaking his back.  He was paralyzed from the chest down.  On March 6, 1916, he died due to the injuries received at that fire.  One of the last things that he said to Chief Mesnar was, "It's all in the game, fellows, got mine and I'm prepared."  Little was survived by his mother, four brothers and four sisters.  Chief Mesnar said that Little was the best fireman that he had ever known and that there could never be another one like him.

Peter S. Dannemiller  May 20, 1895

     On May 20, 1895, firefighter Dannemiller responded on the chemical wagon to a house fire at the Pfeffer commission house.  Dannemiller was working outside at the chemical wagon when to horses became spooked by the sound of turning on the chemical tank.  The horses  started down the street with Dannemiller still holding on while he was attempting to regain control of the horses.  He held on until the horses rounded a corner at which time he fell down and was run over by the wheels of the chemical wagon, near his hips.  Peter S. Dannemiller died four hours later of his injuries.  he was thirty five years old and had served the fire department since February 14, 1893.  He was survived by a wife and three small children.

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