On April 3, 1927, units (West Central
Station) responded to a fire on
Tampa Avenue. The fire was fully involved
and crews spent three hours
trying to extinguish the fire, but were
hampered by the lack of water supply. The building was a
Firefighter Roy Pratt, 22 years old,
was part of the crew that fought the
blaze that day. He returned to his
engine and was on the rear platform of
the apparatus when he suddenly collapsed. A
police officer rushed FF
Pratt to Orange General Hospital (now ORMC)
but he was pronounced
dead by doctors from a heart attack.
FF Pratt was only a 2 month
veteran of the OFD.
The discovery of Firefighter Pratt’s death
makes him the first Orlando Firefighter to die in the
line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice over
85 years ago.