Editor’s note: The following is the third in a five-part series initiated by the Michigan City Fire Department, honoring the lives of five MC firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty over the years.
MICHIGAN CITY — They may be gone but their service and sacrifice has not been forgotten as on this day the Michigan City Fire Department would like to pay tribute to Firefighter Harold J. Nolan who, on April 15, 1919, died while responding to a structure fire. In the early years on the fire department, firefighters other than the captain and driver stood on the back of the tailboard of the fire trucks. Actually, this was common until about the early ‘70s. Firefighter Nolan was standing on the tailboard and, at the corner of Barker and Washington, he was thrown from a skidding fire truck.
Nolan was born Nov. 16, 1895, in Michigan City, and at the time of his death he was 23 years old and had been on the department for six months. During the Michigan City Fire Department’s morning radio test at 0700 hours today, an announcement will be made in remembrance of Firefighter Harold Nolan with a brief moment of silence before the test begins. The Michigan City Fire Department has a plaque honoring Firefighter Harold Nolan at Station #2 located at 2005 E. U.S. 12.