Date: July 4, 1942
Personnel: Peter Mahrt
Agency/Organization: Joshua Tree National Park
Position: firefighter/roads foreman
Summary: On July 4, 1942, Peter Mahrt, a roads foreman for the national park was killed by smoke inhalation while fighting a Joshua Tree National Park wildfire.
Joshua Tree National Park
Fire-Fighter Dies, Overcome by Smoke
Coroner Ben F. White said today his office has closed its investigation of the death of Pete Mahrt, 48, of 29 Palms, who died on July 4 after being overcome by smoke from a fire he had been fighting.
Deputy Coroney(sic) Seymer L. Cash reported to White that Mahrt, employed by the national park service in Joshua Tree National monument, had been fighting a fire Saturday afternoon in the national monument within the area of Riverside county.
He suddenly collapsed and died, and investigation verified that he had been overcome from the smoke of the fire, Cash said.
The death was signed out without formal inquest.
Riverside Daily Press; Riverside, California
July 6, 1942; Page Eight.
- California Death Index: Pete Mahrt
- 1940 Census: Pete Mahrt
- Peter Mahrt's name is inscribed on the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall in Sacramento, CA.
- Gravestone at 29 Palms Inscription:
WAGONER 348 FIELD ARTY
MAR. 27, 1893 -- JULY 4, 1942
He gave his all.
Contributors to this article: Tom Patterson; Jeff Ohlfs, Joshua Tree NP Chief Ranger
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