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"....The first Erie Firefighter to die in the line of duty was John J. Donavan(Donovan). In August, 1915, during the Millcreek flood, Chief McMahon was in the raging water. Donavan pulled the chief to safety but then was swept away near 23rd and French Street. Tragically, just seventeen days later, the chief died from overexposure." (1915 Millcreek, Erie, Pennsylvania)
John's Parents: Patrick and Nora Coughlin Donovan (married abt. 1885-1888) John's Siblings: Mary Aurelia(Minnie) married David Anthony CROTTY, Josephine(Jo), Nora(Nonnie), Margaret(Maggie), and Nellie.
David Anthony CROTTY, b. Dec. 29, 1888, d. Apr. 16, 1939. David died when hit by a car while crossing a street in Erie, PA.