memorial

Name: CRANFORD,B.Wesley.
DOD: October 25, 1930
House: Marlboro VFD
County: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
Age: 54

October 25,1930 Marlboro VFD was responding to a call for help from the Capitol Heights Fire Department. While on Forestville Ritchie Road, a motorist apparently heard the siren and pulled to the right of the road, but, just as the fire truck was about to pass, the car pulled back to the center of the road directly in front of the fire truck. To avoid hitting the motorist,the driver pulled to the left and hit a deep and sandy shoulder causing him to lose control . The truck overturned, pinning Captain B. Wesley Cranford and Assistant Chief Wesley R. Kerr under the front running board. Captain Cranford was killed instantly and became the first county volunteer to die in the line of duty. Captain Benjamin Wesley Cranford was 54 years old . Years served:unknown.


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