Four members of the Guardian Hose Company have given their lives in service to their community.
Harry C. Root was mortally wounded when fighting a fire at the excelsior mill in 1898, when the smoke stack from the boiler toppled and crushed him.
July 24, 1928, proved to be a sad day for the firemen and the town, as Stanley R. Damuth, Jr., only son of Stanley R. and Jane Anders Damuth, fell to his death from the back of a fire truck as it was answering a call.
Eugene McKissick died of a heart attack at the scene of a barn fire on December 4, 1967.
The Guardian Hose Company lost its fourth member in the line of duty on June 21, 1973. Wayne Finneyfrock was killed while enroute to the firehall in response to the siren.
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