Los Angeles Fire Department
Historical Archive

In Memory of

Fireman Paul M. Shapro
Engine Company 22
Appointed August 7, 1918
Died April 5, 1936
Cardiac arrest while sliding pole
Responding to False Alarm at
41st Street and Broadway

Cardiac arrest while sliding pole
Responding to False Alarm at
41st Street and Broadway

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When the bell in Engine 22 began clanging out an alarm at 4:55 a.m., April 5, 1936, from the box at 41st Street and Broadway, Fireman Paul Shapro and the other firemen at the station dashed for the sliding pole. The engine was first-due at the box.  Shapro slid the pole and fell dead of a heart attack.  Shapro, 39, was survived by his wife and seven children who would forever know that he died while answering a false alarm.


    Once again the Fire Department suffered a loss with the passing of auto fireman Paul M. Shapro of Engine 22A.
    Shapro was appointed to the Department on August 7, 1918 and appointed an auto fireman on May 16, 1922.  He was not a member of the Relief Association or the Life and Accident Department.
    His sudden death occurred early Sunday morning on April 5th while on duty at Engine 22A.  The physician called in gave the cause of his death as being Chronic Myocarditis.
    Funeral services were held on April 8th at the Holy Cross Church, 47th and South Main streets, under the auspices of the Los Angeles Firemen's relief Association, Reverend Father Albert J. Duggan officiating.  Interment was at Calvary Cemetery.
    Paul Shapro was the father of seven children ranging in age from ten months to sixteen years.  He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Elfrieda Shapro, his children, his mother, Mrs. Catherine Shapro, his two sisters, Anna Brautovich and Mary Tomicich, his brother Peter Shapro, and a host of comrades and friends.
    Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.


The Grape Vine, April 15, 1936

Source: Los Angeles Fire Department Photo
Walt Pittman Collection
Engine Company No. 22
4352 South Main Street

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