Firefighter Vista S. Lowe

Firefighter Vista S. Lowe (HM1DD4)

Location: Pensacola, FL 32502 Escambia County
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N 30° 24.552', W 87° 12.56'

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At this site on September 30, 1962, Firefighter Vista Spencer Lowe, age 23, died in the line of duty while responding to a house fire at 409 East Zarragossa Street. Upon arrival at the scene, Firefighter Lowe stepped from the rear tailboard of the pumper he was riding (Engine 5, a 1957, 1,000-gallon Seagrave Pumper Truck), tripped and fell to the ground. Unaware of Lowe's location, the pumper's driver began backing his truck, trapping Lowe under the truck and crushing him. Lowe was the third firefighter with the Pensacola Fire Department (PFD) and the 33rd Florida firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty. Lowe's death caused the PFD to change its rules and regulations governing standard operating procedures and training methods, requiring that no fire apparatus be backed up at any time without a department member directing traffic. As a result of these changes, no firefighter with the PFD has since died in the manner in which Firefighter Lowe lost his life in 1962.
HM NumberHM1DD4
Marker NumberF-733
Year Placed2012
Placed BySons Matthew D. and Mark D. Lowe and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 11:49am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 479893 N 3364148
Decimal Degrees30.40920000, -87.20933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.552', W 87° 12.56'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 33.12" N, 87° 12' 33.60" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 S Alcaniz St, Pensacola FL 32502, US
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