February 21, 1917
Captain assigned to Truck 3, died of smoke inhalation while fighting a fire in the 1200 block of Azalia Street on February 21, 1917. A small grass fire started at 1237 Azalia and quickly spread to other homes on Azalia and on College Street. Meredith collapsed while directing his company. He had recently returned to duty after an illness of pneumonia and it was believed that the weakened condition of his lungs contributed to his death. Captain Thomas Meredith, a widower, was 54 years old and had been with the department for about twenty years.