William C. Kavanaugh

May 19, 1936

Private assigned to Truck 1, was injured while on duty at the Cotton Carnival Parade on May 12, 1936. He was walking beside one of the floats when a horse pulling the vehicle became unruly. He moved to control the animal and dropped his torch, which exploded, burning his face and hands. A motorcycle officer took Kavanaugh to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was treated and released. However, his condition worsened and he was readmitted to the hospital two days later. He died there on May 19, 1936. William C. Kavanaugh, 30, had been with the department for three years. He was married and the father of three children.