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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Firefighter Vista S. Lowe

 
 
Firefighter Vista S. Lowe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
1. Firefighter Vista S. Lowe Marker
Inscription. At this site on September 30, 1962, Firefighter Vista Spencer Lowe, age 23, died in the line of duty while responding to a house fire at 409 East Zarragossa Street. Upon arrival at the scene, Firefighter Lowe stepped from the rear tailboard of the pumper he was riding (Engine 5, a 1957, 1,000-gallon Seagrave Pumper Truck), tripped and fell to the ground. Unaware of Lowe’s location, the pumper’s driver began backing his truck, trapping Lowe under the truck and crushing him. Lowe was the third firefighter with the Pensacola Fire Department (PFD) and the 33rd Florida firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty. Lowe’s death caused the PFD to change its rules and regulations governing standard operating procedures and training methods, requiring that no fire apparatus be backed up at any time without a department member directing traffic. As a result of these changes, no firefighter with the PFD has since died in the manner in which Firefighter Lowe lost his life in 1962.
 
Erected 2012 by Sons Matthew D. and Mark D. Lowe and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-733.)
 
Location. 30° 24.552′ N, 87° 12.56′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of
Firefighter Vista S. Lowe Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
2. Firefighter Vista S. Lowe Marker Area
East Zarragossa Street and South Alcaniz Street, on the left when traveling east on East Zarragossa Street. Touch for map. Located at southeast corner of Seville Square park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 East Zarragossa Street, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Bartram Trail (about 400 feet away); De Soto Trail / A Port with Promise (about 400 feet away); Original Site of First Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Mooring Anchor (about 600 feet away); Piers, Ports and Wharves: A Look At Pensacola's Waterfront (about 700 feet away); John Wesley Hardin (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Commanding Officer's Compound (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Also see . . .  Historical marker tells story of fallen Pensacola, Florida firefighter. (Submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 147 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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