Burial: East New Market Cemetery, Dorchester, Maryland
Fire Company: Cranston Heights Fire Company
John (Jack) Kridler Grafius was seriously injured on February 23, 1931, when the "Fire Apparatus Upset at Front & Union Streets" (Wilmington). As the heavy engine rounded the corner at Lancaster and Union Streets, it's front wheels got jammed in a trolley switch. The steering gear of the fire engine locked and the engine came toppling over, pinning Grafius and three other men. He succumbed to his injuries on 1 March 1931, when "the fire truck made a sharp left turn, throwing off some firemen and killing Jackie Grafius". The Cranston Heights engine was responding to an alarm in Bellefonte that was called in by a "practical joker". Grafius was the stepson of Elmer J. Leach, warden of the New Castle County Workhouse. Jackie was 21 years of age.
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