April 27, 1913
Ladderman assigned to Truck No. 2, was one of five firefighters injured while fighting a fire in a residence at 78 Commerce Avenue at 3:10 a.m. on April 20, 1913. The injuries came when a porch collapsed during the fire. Nelson, with a cut on his head and compound fracture of his ankle, was taken to St Joseph's Hospital, he developed lockjaw and died there on April 27, 1913. William Nelson had been with the department for eight years. He was 28 years and unmarried.