William Porteus Chapman

Department
Oakland
Deceased
November 8, 1943

Chapman.William.Porteus_Photo RESIZEDBy age 53, William Chapman had served over twenty years with the Oakland Fire Department. During those years the polite and mild-mannered firefighter used his skills as a craftsman to maintain rental houses and build high quality cabinetry and furniture. He was called to duty for the last time in the middle of World War II when a War Department tire depot caught fire near his home. Although he was off duty and dressed in his street clothes, Chapman didn’t hesitate to join the crews battling the four-alarm blaze. He collapsed and died while performing this final service to his community and country.

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