Los Angeles Fire Department
Historical Archive

In Memory of
Fireman Robert C. Gladden
Engine Company 69
B Platoon
Appointed September 22, 1947
Died November 25, 1968
Cardiac arrest at house fire.
1128 Donaire Way
Pacific Palisades

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Fireman Robert C. Gladden

On November 25, 1968, Task Force 69, Engine 23 and Battalion 9 were dispatched at 7:05 p.m. to a fire in a structure at 1128 Donaire Way, Pacific Palisades.  Upon arrival the companies quickly extinguished a fire in a large single family dwelling.  While overhauling the fire, Fireman Robert C. Gladden of Engine Company 69 suffered a fatal heart attack.  Gladden, 47, was in his 21st year on the department, twelve of them at Engine 69.  Gladden was survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter, Laura; and  a son, Robert, Jr., who later joined the department.  In 1985 a brush fire swept through the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles.  The July 2nd fire damaged or destroyed 71 homes and killed three people.  Mrs. Marie Gladden was one of those persons and her son, Robert, working on Engine 82 was among the many firefighters who battled the blaze.

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