Came to Honor a Fallen DC Firefighter
May 25, 2001
Yesterday would have been John Williams 53rd birthday. He
would have been home with his family and friends opening up his gifts
and celebrating another year of life, but on December 19, 1984,
Firefighter John T. Williams gave the supreme sacrifice to the citizens
of the District of Columbia. He was killed while operating on Box Alarm
144, a second alarm fire at 1401 H ST. NW.
Williams was assigned to Rescue Squad 1, he was conducting a search of
the second floor when he fell through a cover-up hole from the second
floor to the basement and died from the fall.
Yesterday hundreds of DC Firefighters, loved ones and civilians
attended a ceremony dedicating the quarters of Engine Company 6, and
Truck Company 4 located at 1300 New Jersey Ave NW the “John T.
After two years of phone calls, collecting signatures attending meetings
and lobbying the dreams of Angelique Williams, daughter of fallen
Firefighter John T. Williams, who was only eight years old at the time
of her father's death came true.
Thursday, May 24th she was able to honor her fathers name by
memorializing the building he worked at for several years when he as
assigned to Rescue Squad 1 at the time of his death.
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice called Firefighter
Williams a "symbol of courage and dedication" of the city's
In his opening statement The District of Columbia Fire/EMS
Department Chief Ronnie Few stated his main concern being Fire
Chief is the safety of his firefighters, "I hope I have to never go
to the home of a firefighter and tell his or her family that he or she
was killed in the line of duty".
Few also presented a plaque to Ms. Williams with her father's badge and
insured her that her father will never be forgotten by the members of
In her opening statements Deputy Fire Chief Beatrice Rudder gave
thanks to all the firefighters who were present and said the members of
the department would never forget BIG JOHN's death.
" I hope this can bring closure and peace to all who have been
affected by his death," said Ms.Williams. " Daddy, I want you
to know we love you, we did this for you." " He loved his
job". If he had it to do all over again, he would make the ultimate
That's the type of person he was. It was very traumatic stated Williams
after the ceremony "But God is good and my heart is just full of
joy" I decided to do something for my dad, when the Forth
District Police station was named after the line of duty death of Police
Officer Brian T. Gibson, I thought it would be nice to name the fire
house my dad worked at for several years.
After the ceremony Chief Few, Ms. Williams, family members and friends
unveiled a plaque on the front of the red brick fire house honoring
Fallen Firefighter John T. Williams.
Ms. Williams also wishes to thank all the members of Engine Company 6,
Truck Company 4, Deputy Fire Chief William FitzGerald, Captain Al
Jeffery, members of Rescue Squad 1, Engine Company 22, Truck Company 11, former Chief Alvin Carter, members of her fathers
crew who were in attendance and many others for making today a day she
will never forget.
This is the first time in department history that a fire house has been
named after a Fallen Firefighter,
Next week, May 30th will make the second anniversary of the death of
Firefighters Tony Phillps of Engine Company 10 and Louis Matthews of
Engine Company 26, both were killed in the line of duty at a fire in the
Northeast section of the city.
here for photos of the Ceremony