Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Albert W. Sparrow, 80; Longtime Firefighter

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Albert W. Sparrow, 80; Longtime Firefighter

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Battalion Chief Albert W. Sparrow, for 33 years a firefighter for the city of St. Louis, died Friday (June 30, 1995) of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood. He was 80 and lived in an unincorporated area of west St. Louis County.

Chief Sparrow joined the department's Engine Co. 10 in 1943. His promotions came regularly - to captain in 1955 and to battalion chief in 1967. He retired in 1976 but kept something close to a fire department museum in his basement. It featured such items as his white battalion chief's helmet and a framed clipping of a photo from the old Globe-Democrat showing Chief Sparrow rescuing a pair of dogs from a burning building in 1969.

In retirement, Chief Sparrow kept busy as his subdivision's handyman. "He called himself `Sparrow Contracting,' " said one of his sons, Dennis L. Sparrow of Florissant. "He could fix anything - stuff his young neighbors had no idea how to fix. Plumbing, electricity, carpentry, you name it. And he was great with woodwork. …

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