7/15/1970 Wedworth-Townsend Paramedic Act of 1970, signed into law. “During the 1960s a Los Angeles cardiologist named Walter S. Graf became concerned about the lack of actual medical care being given to coronary patients during emergency transportation to a hospital. In 1969, while serving as president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Heart Association, he created a “mobile critical care unit”, consisting of a Chevy van, a registered nurse, and a portable defibrillator. The same year Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn persuaded the Board of Supervisors to approve a pilot program to train county Firefighters as “Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics”. A change in state law was necessary to allow personnel other than doctors and nurses to render emergency medical care. Hahn recruited two state legislators who wrote the Wedworth-Townsend Paramedic Act of 1970, signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan on July 15, 1970, despite opposition from doctors, nurses, and attorneys. Paramedic training began the next month at the Freeman Memorial Hospital under Graf’s direction. It was the first nationally accredited paramedic training program in the United States.”
7/15/1904 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died in the line of duty while fighting a 4-11 alarm fire in a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad grain elevator located at 87th Street and Ontario Avenue. The fire started when dust exploded inside the grain elevator, and the flames spread to more than fifty nearby railroad cars. He was fatally burned when he was struck by a sudden burst of flames out of the elevator. He was transported to South Chicago Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
7/15/1915 a Boston, MA firefighter “died from injuries he suffered on July 7, 1915. He suffered smoke & gas poisoning at fire at 880 Columbus Avenue, Box 217 (Tremont & Ruggles Streets, Roxbury), at 1126 hours.”
7/15/1917 a Chicago, IL firefighter of Engine 22 was fatally injured “while fighting a garage fire on Baton Street. He suffered gasoline burns and was treated at Alexian Brothers Hospital, but he died from his injuries on July 15.”
7/15/1939 a Spokane, Washington firefighter “collapsed and died while at operating at a house fire.”
7/15/1951 a Coeur D Alene, Idaho firefighter “died after falling through the floor at an early morning fire at a bowling alley at 213 Sherman Ave, and was trapped in the basement.”
7/15/1961 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter died at a fire that “heavily damaged a two-story frame dwelling, necessitating the use of many hose streams, which flooded the basement. A short time after the fire was darkened down, he was found lying in a pool of water in the cellar, dead. It was later determined that the died of carbon monoxide poisoning.”
7/15/1967 a Newark, NJ firefighter died “during the Newark Riots on 7/15/1967, at Station 7113, he climbed Truck 11’s aerial to check the roof of a building where a fire alarm sounded. An unknown sniper shot him while on the aerial. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
7/15/1992 a Fisher, Illinois firefighter “died while fighting a residential fire in Foosland, Illinois. He collapsed on the roof of the house while contributing to ventilation operations. He was transported to Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.”
7/15/1995 a Windsor Locks, Connecticut firefighter “was electrocuted when he came in contact with a downed power line during the cleanup of debris after a storm.”
7/15/1997 an Estero, Florida firefighter died “while operating at a brush fire that was sparked by a lightning strike, he somehow got separated from his partner and their brush truck and was killed after inhaling superheated fire gases. He was missing for an undisclosed period of time before he was found.”
7/15/2015 a Denver, CO firefighter was injured on June 28, “while he checking for extension from a dumpster fire. He was critically injured when a skylight collapsed and he fell through the roof of an abandoned building at 3860 Blake Street. The firefighter was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital for medical care including several surgeries. On July 15, several days after being released from the hospital to recover at home, he was taken to St. Anthony North Health Campus with shortness of breath where, less than an hour later, he passed away after going into cardiac arrest.”
7/15/1940 the Sonman a coal mine explosion killed sixty-three in Portage, PA.
7/15/1939 Providence, KY a coal mine dust explosion about 7:30 p.m. killed nineteen.
7/15/1929 Montgomery, AL a mercantile building collapsed shortly after noon leaves several missing.
7/15/1915 Valdez, AK conflagration: fifty buildings were burned by the fire that started in the Frye Bruhn building at 4:00 a.m.
7/15/1907 Boston, (Massachusetts Bay) MA, an explosion in the after super-imposed turret on Battleship U.S.S. Georgia in a case of powder in the hands of a gunner killed eight men and injured fifteen.
7/15/1882 Waukesha, WI, the Haertl’s Block fire started when a barrel of gasoline exploded in the cellar of Haertel’s Store.
7/15/1855 Manchester NH Amoskeag Mills fire started when a watchman’s lamp fell from his lantern and rolled into a pile of roping.