Utah fire department unravels nearly 70-year-old mystery in line of duty death

  • Source: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
  • Published: 05/04/2020 12:00 AM

A fire captain who died in the line of duty in 1953 is no longer forgotten, thanks to some fellow firefighters who became a team of detectives, solving the nearly 70-year-old mystery of his death. Being a firefighter is about a lot more than just hooking up hoses and spraying water. They’re also the ones who show up in ambulances, help out at car crashes, and wear a number of other hats many of us never even think of. When the South Salt Lake Fire Department was faced with a nearly 70-year-old mystery they couldn’t solve, it turned them into something else: a team of detectives. But if there’s one common thread that runs through every one of their jobs, it’s being prepared for the future. But for Captain Lyndsie Hauck, it’s also about remembering the past. Strolling through the rooms and hallways of the fire stations, nearly every space is filled with a photo — firefighters posing in group shots, firefighters working scenes, buildings engulfed in flames.


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