Remembering Our Fallen
By Asst. Chief Gregory Taft, Retired
June 21, 1934: On June 14, Lieutenant Dendinger of Engine Company 16 had just returned to the station from a structure fire when he became ill. Lt. Dendinger was taken to his home, where his condition continued to worsen. A physician was called and treated the lieutenant with oxygen for smoke inhalation. Lieutenant Dendinger continued to deteriorate and developed pneumonia. Lieutenant Dendinger died in the early morning hours of June 21. Born in Oakland City, Indiana, he came to Denver as a young man. He was appointed to the department on May 1, 1913 and promoted to Lieutenant on August 1, 1925. Lieutenant Curtis A. Dendinger became the 24th Denver Firefighter to die in the line of duty. He left behind a wife and five children ranging in age from 8 to 24.
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