A sacrifice honored: Attica remembers firefighter who died 100 years ago in school blaze

  • Source: The Daily News - Metered Site
  • Published: 06/23/2022 12:00 AM

One hundred years ago, on a distant Feb. 16 evening, a blaze erupted at the Prospect School. The tragedy that occurred during the blaze has become a part of village lore. And the firefighter who gave his life was memorialized during a Tuesday evening ceremony at the location. It was freezing cold outside when the village’s firefighters responded. Fireman Milton Meisner, along with Arthur Underwood, had climbed a long extension ladder to battle the fire that had moved to the building’s attic along a ventilation shaft. Underwood was halfway down when the ladder broke, and severely broke his left ankle and leg as a result of the fall. Meisner was near the top and fell about 25 feet. He succumbed to his injuries while being driven to a Batavia hospital. The ladder broke as the two young firefighters were working their way down to the ground.



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