January 9, 1906: F/F Daniel Leonard died of severe injuries sustained when he, while riding on the running board, fell from Truck Company 3 apparatus as it was pulling out of the Godwin Avenue and Auburn Street firehouse, responding to an alarm from Station 644 (Ellison Street and Graham Avenue) for a barn fire at 430 Ellison Street on October 20, 1905. He was hospitalized for several days and discharged to home. Against advice he returned to work in a weakened state and was on duty on the theater detail when he passed out. He never recovered and died at home January 9, 1906.
Leonard was a veteran of the Civil War in the 69th NYC regiment. In 1868 he became a hoseman at Washington Engine 3 of Paterson's Volunteer department and in 1881 served as Assistant Chief (photo at right). In 1888, as the PFD was starting to professionalize he became a paid driver of Engine 3 Hose Wagon. He remained on the PFD as an original member on March 20, 1890. Transferred to Truck 3 on November 12, 1892.