Otto G. Panuska had been a Captain of Engine Company No. 41. On March 1, 1960, Captain Panuska was injured on a 5 alarm fire at Hamms Brewery. Instead of taking his pension, Captain Panuska asked to be reduced to firefighter. Firefighter Panuska was assigned to Hose Co. 1 as a runner for Chief Roland Watt. On August 13, 1963, Firefighter Panuska was working in headquarters when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Firefighter Otto G. Panuska was 54 years old and had served 28 years.