Assistant Fire Marshal William F. Emerson

Assistant Fire Marshal William F. Emerson

New York City Fire Department - Bureau of Fire Investigation, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, June 19, 1929

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William F. Emerson

Assistant Fire Marshal William Emerson died after suffering heat exhaustion while investigating a crash involving two Interborough Rapid Transit Company trains on the elevated tracks along Eighth Avenue, between 112th Street and 113th Street, in Manhattan.

An IRT Company employee was killed and 34 passengers were injured in the crash, which occurred on the highest section of elevated track along the railroad line. Fire Marshal Emerson had climbed an 85-foot ladder to reach the crash site. He collapsed on the elevated tracks approximately one hour after the initial crash.

Assistant Fire Marshal Emerson had served with the New York City Fire Marshal's Office for 18 years. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heat exhaustion

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Asst. Fire Marshal Emerson,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 19, 2019

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