Honoring and Remembering Maryland Fallen Heroes Baltimore City Fire Department ~ Baltimore ~ Maryland May 8, 1920 Box No. 4 sounded at 3:39 a.m. The New-Art Clothing store was on fire. A stubborn basement fire, with rancid dense smoke causing near zero visibility, that quickly went to 4 alarms. As the fire was extinguished and the smoke began to clear, Probationary Firefighter Charles Parks was found in the basement of the building floating facedown in water. His comrades dragged him out of the basement and onto the sidewalk ,where a lung motor resuscitation was attempted for over an hour before transporting him to Mercy hospital where he was pronounced dead. Probationary Firefighter Charles Parks was 27 years old and had served for 6 weeks. ** a lungmotor was a medical device used to force air into the lungs. Similar to the plunger style airpump used to put air in a flat tire, but with a rubber mask on the end of the hose, that was placed over the victims mouth and nose, and pumped by hand, forcing air into the lungs.