In recognizing the sacrifice of fallen firefighters, this section will serve as a constant memorial to those who have given their lives protecting and ensuring the safety of the communities they serve. The significance of their contributions cannot be minimized, and while they will be dearly missed, their legacy lives on in the spirit of those who continue to serve. For more information on how to honor the memory of a lost firefighter, visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at www.firehero.org.
George Clay Fire Company Line Of Duty Deaths - May We Never Forget
-An alarm was struck on June 29, 1965. As many times before Fireman, William Evans ran from his house across the street from the fire house to
respond to the call. While crossing the street a vehicle hit William Evans and fatally wounded him. He was the first fireman killed in the line of duty.
-Around 9:45 pm on January 27, 1971 a series of explosions rocked the quite neighborhood of Front Street in West Conshohocken. Flames were
said to be over 100 feet in the air. As the winter night persisted on, fire companies from all over the area were called to assist. Ice formed on the
apparatus and Firemen, making the tedious task of dousing the flames even harder. The Matsonford Bridge and the on and off ramps to the
Schuylkill Expressway were closed until the next day. Five people lost their lives on this dismal day in January. One of those victims was George
Clay Fireman Joseph Powers, who gave his life while in the line of duty.
-After William Evans and Joseph Powers gave the ultimate sacrifice for their community, the George Clay Fire Company honored them. Both
men's gear hang in the fire house today with plaques to remember them, #17 belonged to William Evans and # 53 belonged to Joseph Powers.
The memorial is located in the meeting room behind a pain of glass, never to be used again.
George Clay Fire Company - 426 Ford Street West Conshohocken, PA 19428
610-828-6161 610-828-5920 (fax)