Lakewood Honors Firefighters Who Perished in 1976 Hotel Fire
Dozens of firefighters and family members of the two men filled the Municipal Auditorium where a somber ceremony was held to memorialize the heroes of Junior Hose Company No. 3 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The two men responded to a working fire at the Hotel Allaben on Monmouth Avenue, and shortly after they entered the burning building, a flash-over occurred, trapping them inside.
Firefighter Stanley Marks’ body was found the next morning on the first floor just below the area of flash-over, according to Lakewood Fire Department’s Historian Richard Errickson. Marks had fallen through the burned away floor above.
Firefighter Latyshev was able to get to a small second floor window and was pulled down a ladder to safety. He was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to his burns several weeks later.
After a moving opening speech by Fire Chief Rodney Youmans this evening, memorial plaques of the two men were unveiled, as family members and colleagues of that fateful night, looked on. The plaques will be placed in the Township lobby.
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