Captain Henry "Doc" Payne
Killed in the Line of Duty
February 20, 1886
|Cause of Death||
Injuries from fall
|At Fire Box Number||
Nassau and Eden Park
Captain Henry E. "Doc" Payne of Hose Company No.15 (Mt Adams) was injured at
a fire on St James Avenue in Walnut Hills on the night of February 19, 1886.
The fire was reported to have started as a result of hot coals left on a
grate in an unfinished house on St James Avenue just before 11pm. Alarm was
given from Box 416 and the fire was extinguished with only a small loss.
Captain Payne was on the third floor during the fire when he stepped through
the stair hole and fell through to the first floor. He was unconscious when
found and later taken to Cincinnati Hospital where he died the following
day. He was found to have sustained a head injury and internal injuries in
the fall. Payne was buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Cumminsville.
Payne was 43yrs old. Many at the time of his death remembered him as the
longtime driver of the reel at E01's house at Race & Commerce. He
transferred to E15 a few years ago.