Rochester in Olmsted County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Station 1 July 23, 1942
Firefighter Stanley J. O'Brien
Squad 1 Silver Lake December 24, 1953
Motor Operator Ambrose J. Riley
Ladder 1 Silver Lake December 24, 1953
Motor Operator Otis D. Ondler
Ladder 42 Rundell Lumber Fire January 23, 1976
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine upon your face;
the rain fall soft upon your fields and,
until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Below this overlook, shortly after 1 p.m. on December 24, 1953, Firefighters Stanley J. O'Brien and Ambrose J. Riley answered their last call attempting to rescue 9 year old John Paul Stephenson from the lake's icy waters.
All were lost
This memorial is dedicated to all Rochester Firefighters who have lost their lives selflessly serving the citizens of this community.
Erected 2003 by the Rochester Fire Department Relief Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is December 24, 1953.
Location. 44° 2.111′ N, 92° 27.458′ W. Marker is in Rochester, Minnesota, in Olmsted County. Marker is on East Silver Lake Drive Northeast, 0.1 miles south of 14th Street Northeast, on the left when traveling east. Located in Silver Lake Park northwest of the East Shelter. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester MN 55906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Geology of Minnesota (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flooding in Rochester (approx. ¼ mile away); History of Silver Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Avalon Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Heritage House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Rochester Armory Building (approx. ¾ mile away); Central Park Plaza (approx. ¾ mile away); The Chateau Theatre (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
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