This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Tony Fleischer, 24 years old, born on November 16, 1888, and passed away on August 17, 1913. We will remember him forever.

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Died in the Line of Duty

Shared by Ali Abler on August 17, 2014

Grand Island City Firefighter Tony Fleischer, 25, died on Aug. 17, 1913, while fighting a fire in downtown Grand Island.   Several firefighters were trying to prevent a large fire from jumping across an alley to a nearby lumberyard.   Overhead wires caught fire and Fleischer stayed at his post holding the brass hose nozzle to give others the time to move to safety. When the wire fell, the electricity arched and Fleischer was electrocuted.

Tony was a life long resident of Grand Island.  He had been employed by the Sink cigar factory but, even at that time, was an enthusiastic member of one of the volunteer fire companies. When a paid fire department was started, Tony joined on April 10, 1910.  He was a most able member and was a winner in many contests at firemen's tournaments held in Nebraska and neighboring states (not a common practice in the early 1900's).  He was serious about his training and during his off duty hours might be found practicing at the park to keep in condition.  A description of Fleischer reads in part, he "abstained from alcohol and tobacco to keep his body in the pink of form."

Survivors of the deceased included his widowed mother whom he supported, Mrs. John C. Fletcher, a sister Lillian (Mrs. W. E.) Pegg of Omaha and two brothers, William and Ernest of Grand Island.