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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 06:13:33 :

Marin Journal
Thursday, March 6, 1924
Page 1

Chief Loses Life In Sausalito Fire

Fire Chief Walter A. Cook met death Tuesday night while fighting fire in the basement of an unoccupied dwelling on Crescent avenue.

Death, it is believed, was due to suffocation from the dense smoke which filled the basement. He was dragged outside by his fellow firemen and every effort was made to resuscitate the unconscious man by means of artificial respiration, but the attempt proved futile.

Cook had recently been retired on pension as battalion chief of the San Francisco Fire Department. He was a life long friend of Fire Chief Thomas Murphy and had hosts of friends in San Francisco, where he had served the department for 25 years. Mrs. Cook had not yet removed to Sausalito from the San Francisco home. The sad news was communicated to her by Fire Chief Murphy. Wednesday of last week Cook was named Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal for the Northern District of California by State Fire Marshall Jay Stevens.

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