Phoenix Fire Foundation

J.D. ‘Jack’ Sullivan

1894 - 1929
Fire Captain
Phoenix Fire, Squad 1
About J.D. 'Jack' Sullivan

Last Alarm: Monday December 9, 1929, Inc # 29-12090436
Where: Supermade Aluminum Company, 1520 E. Van Buren
Age: 35 years
Served for: 16 years
Cause: Apparatus Accident (LODD I)

Fire Captain Jack Sullivan was sitting right front in Squad 1, an open cab fire truck, and responding to a warehouse fire, when Engine 2, responding from a different location, struck them. The impact injured Jack, who then dismounted to check on the other members of his truck and was pinned between the truck and a pole, killing him.

Several other firefighters suffered life and career altering injuries, and Squad 1’s Firefighter Michael Ambrose Shea was also killed in the accident.

Jack had served the Phoenix Fire Department for 16 years, and was their boxing manager, and was also Mesa Fire Department Fire Chief for approximately 1-2 years.

Jack was born in Kansas on August 26, 1894. He is buried at the Phoenix Firefighters cemetery at Greenwood Memorial Park, near the Bell Tower. His grave is marked with a red cross during the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorials each January and he is survived by local relatives. His brother, Peter H. Sullivan, was Fire Chief from 1909-1915 and died in office, buried near Jack.

Greenwood Memorial Park, 2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix 85009.
Forest Lawn section, Block 160, Lot 2, Space 3
(NW of the Firefighters’ Bell Tower, 2W-5N)
Historical Marker placed 9 Dec 1929, 1414 E. Van Buren, north side of street