Permanent signs mark loss of St. Paul firefighters

The St. Paul Fire Department is placing permanent signs around the city to mark the location where a firefighter lost their life in the line of duty. The first sign went up Friday morning 416 Wacouta Street.

416 Waucota was the location of Station No. 2 from 1874 to 1921, and Station No. 4 from 1922 to 1970. The building has since been converted to condos, but still has the original hose tower with a rope for pulling hose and a concrete cast of firefighters on the outside at the peak.

There were 2 lives lost in the line of duty at the old Waucota Street fire station: Pipeman George Wells on May 9, 1884 and firefighter John Zasada on Sept. 4, 1959.

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