James Edward Lowth  

June  26, 1923  -  March  31, 1947 at age 24  

Born :  in Houston, Texas                
Entered Fire Department :
January, 1946
Duty :
Fire Fighter at Station #26  
Buried :
Hollywood Cemetery, Section F, Plot 19 

James Lowth was killed instantly when Engine 26 was hit by a train on the way to a fire at the Eastern States Refinery. Engine 26 was traveling on Broadway Street and was attempting to cross the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks at Bowie Street. The swinging arm-warning signal at the crossing had a burned out light causing the driver of the pumper to miss the warning in advance of the oncoming train. Another factor that may have caused the accident was that the engineer of the train was seated on the opposite side of the engine from where the accident occurred and did not see the fire truck attempting to cross in front of the train.

Lowth had returned to the Houston Fire Department a year before the accident, having served forty-one months in the United States Navy. He had been married for two weeks, returning from his honeymoon six days before his death.

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