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Incident Name: Grass fire in the Refugio Area
Date:  May 5, 1953
Personnel: William D. Marxmiller
Age: 31
Agency/Organization: Santa Barbara County
Position: firefighter, district warden

Summary: William Marxmiller died May 5, 1953. He was making a left hand turn from Hollister Avenue to Highway 101 at Elwood, when he apparently lost control of Engine #203 and plunged down the 125-foot embankment causing fatal injuries. He was responding to a grass fire in the Refugio area.

 

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"He was making a left hand turn from Hollister Avenue to Highway 101 at Elwood"; there is a canyon there. Elwood is a suburb of Goleta, a suburb of Santa Barbara. (He was going to a grass fire in the Refugio area.)

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  • At the time, Marxmiller was in command of the South Coast as District Warden.

 

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  • California Firefighters Memorial Wall: 1950-1959 - William D. Marxmiller (pdf)
  • Santa Barbara County Fire Department Fallen Firefighters Memorial
  • Remembering the Fallen

    3/31/12 | santamariatimes.com

    The memorial for eight Santa Barbara County firefighters who died in the line of duty is shown this week (March 2012) outside county fire headquarters on Cathedral Oaks Road in Santa Barbara. The memorial, which has been in the works for more than 10 years, will be dedicated this morning... More at the link, including summaries of the incident circumstances of the fallen.

Santa Barbara County Fallen Firefighter Memorial: Located outside county fire headquarters at 4410 Cathedral Oaks Rd, in Santa Barbara.

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Contributors to this article:Santa Barbara County Capt. Curt Warner,Ted Mathiasen, RJM

 

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