Member of the Omaha Nebraska Fire Dept. where he served from 6-9-1928 until his death. He was one of 7 Omaha Fire Fighters who died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at the Millard Hotel, 13th & Douglas Street in Omaha.
He died along with 4 other Fire Fighters when a wall fell on them. Later, 2 more Fire Fighters died when the floor collasped on them at this fire. Franklin was assigned to Hook & Ladder #6. 

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