In the early 1900’s, Bert and Boyd Burris move from Indiana to Texas and join the Dallas Fire Department. Another firefighter, E.O. Jones rises through the ranks to become an Assistant Chief. The men have a date with destiny awaiting them at the Texas Wheel and Body Fire in 1923. Listen to the podcast for the full story. Related photographs and a map are below the audio player.
Below: Photograph of Bert Burris, killed at the Texas Wheel & Body Fire on Commerce Street in Dallas in 1923.
Also killed at the same fire was Chief E.O. Jones, aka Charles Jones, Charlie Jones and Cap Jones.
Photograph of the station from which Bert Burris answered his last alarm. At that time it was called the “Fair Park Fire Station” and he responded on Engine 10. It later came to be called Station #5. The building still stands, but is now the home of the Dallas Firefighters Museum.
Little is known about this photograph from the Dallas Firefighter Museum Archives, but there are a few things we can deduce. 4th from right is Chief Magee who was the Chief of the Department in the early 1900’s until his retirement in 1919. The station is believed to be “old Central”. The man in suspenders to the right of the boxers is very likely to be Chief E.O. “Charlie” Jones.
Our guest for this episode: Chaplain Denny Burris, Retired DFD Chaplain, grandson of Boyd Burris and great-nephew of Bert Burris.