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Sheriff Bill Decker and Emergency Rescue Calls

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Dallas County Sheriff, Bill Decker, converses with a group of men in his office. Decker was credited for setting up the final ambush of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934 (though he later admitted to a tip-off). He also rode in the first car during President John F. Kennedy’s tour through Dallas, leading up to the assassination. Two days later, Decker took custody of Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassinator. Many blamed him for the escape of five prisoners during the trial, to which he famously responded, “Dallas will survive all this, partner.” 
  •  A terrible car accident on Ross Avenue and Hall Street leaves at least three people seriously injured 
  •  Firefighters enter a building covered in debris 
  •  A cave-in at a construction site by Oakland and Louise Avenues 
  •  A dead body is brought into the Dudley M. Hughes funeral home hearse 
  •  Rescuers carry injured workers out of the trench 
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This film contains several clips, beginning with images of Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker holding a meeting in his office. Decker, famous for Jack Ruby’s trial and the coinciding escape of five prisoners, sports his familiar fedora hat and thick-rimmed glasses. The second clip is a disturbing scene following a car accident on Ross Avenue and Hall Street. Police officers and firefighters peel victims out of the shattered vehicle. One man is covered in blood and stumbles into the street, clearly consumed with shock. The film then switches to the aftermath of a fire in some sort of community building. Firefighters enter the rooms to find the floors covered in debris and chunks of ceiling. The last clip documents a cave-in at a construction site. One body is recovered, and rescue workers dig and pull other injured workers out of the trench. Please note, this footage contains graphic images of injured and deceased persons. Viewer discretion advised.
The Dallas Firefighters Museum’s film collection captures a variety of activities performed by the Dallas Firefighters.  While a few films focus on fire fighting and training, most feature community events such as the fair, toy repair, pump races, and even a Miss Flame pageant.
The Dallas Firefighter's Museum is housed in one of the city's oldest fire stations; the building served as a working fire station from the time it was built in 1907 until 1975, when the museum took over. The museum aims to preserve the rich history of the Dallas Fire Department through exhibits and educational experiences. The museum’s primary goal is to teach fire safety to children and widen its outreach to the Dallas community. Visit their website at http://www.dallasfiremuseum.com.