Leo Lennemann who died in the line of duty on November 14, 1954. A county-wide civil defense and volunteer fire department exercise at the Scribner airport backfired Sunday and one man was killed. Leo Lennemann, 44, died of a head injury when a pile of tires, lumber and other items, which had been soaked with gasoline, exploded and flying debris hit him in the head. The pile of debris was soaked as firemen sought to ignite a building which had been moved to the airport for the demonstration. Lennemann was standing nearby when the fire was set and the explosion occurred. Under plans for the demonstration, the building was to have been ignited and fire equipment from Nickerson, Hooper, Scribner, and other towns was to be dispatched to the scene. The fire fighters were to demonstrate methods of putting out the fire, and there also were to be exercises and demonstrations in rescue squad work and communications. Lennemann had retired as volunteer fire chief at Snyder, but was an honorary member of the department. A half dozen other persons standing near Lennemann escaped injury. He was laid to rest at St. Peter's Cemetery in Snyder. If anyone has a picture of Mr. Lennemann that we can add to our records please let us know.
He will never be forgotten.
HONOR ~ RESPECT ~ NEVER FORGET.
"Jack oldest son of Leo he was still an active member and chief at the time of his death and he is not in Saint Peters but is in St Leos Cemetery in Snyder also sending a picture of dad & mom (Marcy) with his mother by his right arm and I'm to there left this is about in 1945.
I can still recall helping dad polish one of the fire trucks in the morning before going to the airbase it was a beautiful day just like this year.