KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY FROM FIRE
Appointed: January 31, 1908
End of Watch: December 22, 1910
Out of the smoldering mound of crumpled machinery, charred beams and shattered bricks, into which the five-story factory of the Fiedlander Leather Remnants Company, at 1114-20 North Bodine Street, had been transformed by the sweep of flames all of the bodied of those who had been trapped in the ruins were believed to have been recovered.
It is estimated that thirteen firemen and one policeman had met death as a result of the collapse of the burning building and the subsequent falling of one of its walls upon a group of rescuers.
The last body taken from the wreckage of the collapsed building was that of Charles Edelman. The Fire Chief stated that he did not believe there were any more bodies in the ruins, a roll call of firemen having shown that all were accounted for, so far as he knew. The lose of so many lives and the injury of so large a number of firemen were certainly terrible.
Policeman Morris Gillis of 860 North Franklin Street, was killed by the falling of the north wall on the rescue force of firemen and policemen, friends have kept the news from his sickly mother, Mrs. Gillis, who has been bedridden for months, was simply told that her son was injured and he was in the Roosevelt Hospital.
Gillis was in the act of lifting up a stretcher on which the unidentified body of a fireman burnt almost beyond recognition that was placed there to carry it to the street when he was crushed by a falling wall. He sustained a fracture at the base of the skull and internal injuries from which he died two hours later. Officer Gillis was unmarried and 26 years old. He was stationed at the Tenth and Buttonwood Streets station.