On May 6, 1968 Box No. 1944 sounded at 2:58 p.m. A vacant 2 story brick dwelling on South Clinton Street was afire. Lieutenant Joseph H. Zajac was on the roof with a hose pipe when he suddenly collapsed. "Closed heart massage and mouth to mouth resuscitation failed to revive him on the scene." Lt. Zajac was transported to City Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lieutenant Joseph H. Zajac was 47 years old and had served for 21 years.