February 18, 1934
Private assigned to Pumper No. 2, was one of seven firefighters injured when Pumper 2 collided with the car of Assistant Chief Henry Brenner at Vance Avenue and Third Street on February 16, 1934. Pierce was riding on the back step of Pumper 2. He was thrown across the street and his skull was fractured. He was taken to Baptist Hospital, where he died on February 18, 1934. Ralph Pierce, 37, was married but had no children. He had been with the department for thirteen years.