082413 Fire Department Honoring Memory of first Firefighter to lose life in line of duty (143)LFDSanbornMemorial

LACONIA — Monday, August 26 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first line-of-duty death of a Laconia Firefighter.

On that date, Firefighter John Laurence Sanborn, who had been with the department for just over a year, was responding to a tenement fire on Jackson Street when he was thrown from Ladder 1. He was run over by the rear wheels, which were made of wood with a steel belt on the outer section.

The firefighters carried John Sanborn to the second floor of the Water Street Station where he succumbed to his injuries; he was 20 years old.
At 9 a.m. on August 26 members of the Laconia Fire Department will hold a short ceremony to recognize this date and honor  Sanborn. The service will be held at the Meredith Bridge cemetery, located behind the VFW on Court Street. The public is invited to attend.