National Fire Heritage Center
Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders
This section contains biographies of individuals that have made very important fire service contributions.
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Ben Franklin, founder of the Philadelphia Fire Company
Chief Engineer John S. Damrell, First President, National Association of Fire Engineers 1873-74
Chief Engineer Patrick H. Raymond, first black fire chief of record in the United States
First Chief Engineer Charles T. Holloway, a member of Pioneer Hook Ladder No. 1 and Baltimore City Fire Department
Chief Engineer Charles E. Miles, first volunteer chief 1876-1880, Los Angeles, California
Fire Chief Sveinn Eiriksson, the first Icelander appointed to the US Naval Air Station at Keflavik, Iceland, and approved to command a US military fire department
Francis L. (Frank) Brannigan was a renowned author (Building Construction for the Fire Service) and educator in fire protection engineering disciplines
Chief Peter J. Ganci Jr., one of 343 New York City firefighters and paramedics killed in the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks
James O. Page, JD, the official historian and national authority of Emergency Medical Services and served in the Los Angeles County Fire Department
IAFF President Emeritus William "Howie" McClennan, Boston Fire Department in 1942, where his first response to a fire was the infamous Coconut Grove Nightclub Fire where 490 people perished