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Line of Duty Deaths
Baytown Fire Department Line of Duty Deaths
Driver Emory Williamson
Served 1931 – July 25, 1955
Emory Williamson was a career driver for the Baytown Fire Department. Around 1:15 in the afternoon of July 25th, a grass fire on East James came in for Station #3 on South Main St. Equipment Operator Williamson suffered a heart attack shortly after turning out of the station. Equipment Operator Williamson began as a Goose Creek volunteer firefighter in 1931, in 1950 he was hired as a Baytown Fire Department driver.
Captain Henry Rowe
Served November 1, 1955 – December 30, 1975
Henry Rowe was the captain (what is now called a battalion chief) in the dispatch office at the time of his death. In the evening of December 30th, a house at 311 North Jones burned. Captain Rowe responded and was operating at the scene when he suffered a heart attack. Before serving the City of Baytown, he fought in the European Theater and was a prisoner of war in Germany.
Firefighter Nito Guajardo
Served January 8, 2004 – December 20, 2004
Nito Guajardo was a probationary firefighter at station #1. Around lunch time on December 20th Ladder 1 responded to a house fire at 4803 Burning Tree. A wind-driven fire rapidly developed with two companies inside the house. Firefighter Guajardo was separated and died of burns and smoke inhalation. Several other members were injured, some badly.
Firefighter Gaston Gagne
Served January 1, 1993 – July 26, 2011
Gaston Gagne was a firefighter at station #5. He worked his shift and got up twice in the night, once for a reported suicide. Shortly after returning home he laid down to take a nap and suffered a heart attack. Firefighter Gagne had previously served in the Navy and was a longtime member of the Baytown Fire Department’s BEAT Alley clown troupe.
Firefighter Luv-Jabaar (J) Bell
Served August 17, 2002 - February 22, 2017
Luv-Jabaar Bell was a firefighter assigned to station #5. He was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery and treatment. Firefighter Bell succumbed to his health issue on February 22, 2017.
Assistant Fire Chief Bernard C. Olive
Served March 23, 1973 - April 5, 2018
Bernard C. Olive was an Assistant Chief in the department and the Fire Marshal for the City of Baytown. Chief Olive promoted through the ranks and was the last of the tested positions for Assistant Chief. They are all appointed by the fire chief. He had an illustrious career with the department and also served in the Army during the Vietnam war. Chief Olive suffered a heart attack while on duty.