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

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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A job in law enforcement that is often overlooked by the majority of the rank and file because you're employed by the Fire Department, yet your job is well known to everyone to be vitally important in every instance you work.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 12, 2017

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