07/01/10 238 W - + 4 - 3 Louisville Line of Duty Deaths


Random historical data, from the Louisville Fire Department web site, which we were browsing this morning. The department has 21? stations, 500+ members, and responds to 50,000 incidents a year1. The site's history section includes a text history of the department that totals 18,500 words, a historical summary by year, and a seemingly staggering list of duty deaths dating to the 1860s. They've lost 80 members since 1862, plus members of the volunteer LFD, as well as salvage corp members. Statistical distribution of the 80 duty deaths by decade:

The earliest decades were the worst, with the 1880s to 1920s a particularly deadly period. Is that a trend that's been experienced in other or comparable departments? Don't know. Context is also needed to fully understand the data. What was Louisville like both before and after the turn of the century? How were the buildings built, what were the hazards faced, and what tactics were used? Lots that isn't known by Yours Truly, but perhaps presents itself upon reading their history. Speculations or conclusions perhaps forthcoming.

1The largest city in Kentucky is also the 16th largest in the United States, though that might be ranked to include the city-county merger of recent years. The 2000 population of the city, pre-merger, was 256,321. The 2009 population was 566,503.





By way of irregular comparison, by-decade duty deaths in Boston:

1850s – 5
1860s – 7
1870s – 10
1880s – 9
1890s – 14
1900s – 13
1910s – 20
1920s – 9
1930s – 9
1940s – 21
1950s – 10
1960s – 12
1970s – 27
1980s – 6
1990s – 5
2000s – 5

Total 182

Source: http://www.cityofboston.gov/fire/memoria..
Legeros - 07/01/10 - 22:07

Couple other comparisons. About the only pattern found isn’t related to data, but data sources. It is harder than expected to find via Google lists of line of duty deaths for major cities, such as Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, etc.

Houston

1890s – 1
1900s – 3
1910s – 3
1920s – 12
1930s – 4
1940s – 5
1950s – 12
1960s – 3
1970s – 4
1980s – 3
1990s – 2
2000s – 5
n/a – 2

Total – 59

Source: http://www.houstonfiremuseum.org/lodd.ht..



New York City

1860s – 9
1870s – 17
1880s – 28
1890s – 19
1900s – 69
1910s – 59
1920s – 72
1930s – 81
1940s – 97
1950s – 109
1960s – 108
1970s – 67
1980s – 21
1990s – 26

Total – 782

Source: http://www.nyfd.com/history/line_of_duty..

Data through 1998, as compiled by dispatcher Mike Boucher at S.I.CO



How was this data mined? Contents of web pages were pasted into Microsoft Word, and then converted into tables, where the columns are created based on the characters separating the year from the other information in each line. Table posted into Microsoft Excel, and a function used to retrieve the last three characters in the year. Results sorted and tabulated. That’s the gist of the steps.
Legeros - 07/02/10 - 06:42

Couple more.

District of Columbia

1850s – 1
1870s – 1
1880s – 1
1890s – 13
1900s – 6
1910s – 15
1920s – 6
1930s – 16
1940s – 13
1950s – 9
1960s – 6
1970s – 4
1980s – 3
1990s – 4
2000s – 1

Total – 99

Source: http://www.dcfd.com/lodd.php



Milwaukee

1870s – 1
1880s – 5
1890s – 15
1900s – 18
1910s – 23
1920s – 15
1930s – 7
1940s – 7
1950s – 6
1960s – 2
1970s – 2
1990s – 3

Total – 104

Source: http://www.milwaukee.gov/MFDFallenFirefi..
Legeros - 07/02/10 - 18:38



  
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