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New Memorial Dedicated to Three LODDs in Early 20th Century

Appleton Post Crescent via YellowBrix

August 09, 2010

APPLETON, WI — Three city firefighters who died in the line of duty, all in the early 20th century, will be recognized this fall at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial.

The names of Chief Elmer Anderson, Assistant Chief Mike Calnin and firefighter Louis McGillan will be added to the memorial at Ben Hansen Park in Wisconsin Rapids at 3:33 p.m. Oct. 2.

Lori Casey of the fire department said the department has invited grandchildren of Calnin and Anderson to the ceremony, but has not been able to locate any relatives of McGillian.

Anyone with information on the McGillan family is asked to contact the Appleton Fire Department at 920-832-5810.


Source: Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial

Anderson died on Feb. 13, 1901, at the age of 50 from overexertion at a fire at the then-Kimberly and Clark Co. in Kimberly.

Calnin died on Aug. 7, 1929, at the age of 52, from severe burns received while fighting a fire at the Service Bakery, 833 W. College Ave.

McGillan died March 28, 1933, at the age of 40. While responding to a fire in the morning hours, the fire truck skidded on Oneida Street and struck a telephone pole. McGillan received severe head trauma and died later in the day.

The ceremony is open to the public. Directions to the park and additional information about the ceremony can be found at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial website at