On this day, 77 years ago Firefighter Luther Bonner made the ultimate sacrifice

Firefighter Luther Bonner

On this day back in 1943, Seattle Firefighter Luther Bonner died
after attempting to rescue passengers and warehouse workers after a Boeing
prototype B-29 Super-Fortress bomber crashed into a meatpacking plant near King
County International Airport two days prior. This incident became known as the
Frye Packing Company Fire where a total of 32 people died, making it the
largest loss of life from a fire in our city’s history.

Fire Engine 19
Photo credit: Last Resort Fire Department

Firefighter Luther Bonner was 23 years old with less than a
year in the department and served on Engine 19. For 70 years his sacrifice was
largely forgotten, until retired Seattle Firefighter and historian, Dave Peery,
researched Bonner’s story to ensure he received a proper tribute. In 2017, King
County elected officials named the new aircraft rescue and firefighting station
after him while displaying a large mural of that fateful day.

Luther Dean Bonner Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Station

Find out more on King County’s site. Special thanks to Dave Peery and the Last Resort Fire Department for providing historical records.