Marin's Fallen Firefighters

Clarence C. Grimm

Clarence Grimm


Marin County Fire Department

Gunshot Wound


Marin Journal (Marin County, California)
Wednesday, November 3, 1932

A mother is left a widow and four children are fatherless as the result of a tragic hunting accident at Woodacre Sunday morning.

 Fire Warden Clarence C. Grimm of the Tamalpais forest fire district was shot in the abdomen by a 15-year-old San Francisco boy, Edgar Lee Isaacs, who said he though Grimm was a wild cat. The warden was rushed to the Cottage Hospital, where he died Monday night.

Grimm had gone toward a hill from where shots had come, some of them striking homes near Woodacre. As he alighted from his car and started through the underbrush, Isaacs shot at him with a high-powered 22 rifle. As Grimm fell the boy ran in his assistance and helped him into the car. As Isaacs could not drive Grimm, in great pain, drove his car to the home of E. B. Gardner, head fire warden at Woodacre, where he collapsed. He was later taken to the Cottage Hospital by Gardner.

Grimm had been in the employ of the Tamalpais forest fire district for five years and was one of the most able men in the service, according to Chief Gardner.

Born in Minnesota, Grimm came to Marin County with his family nine years ago. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Anna Grimm, who is president of the Lagunitas Parent-Teacher Association, and four children Donald, 16; Helen, 14; Arthur, 12, and Marianna, 6.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the parlors of Keaton & Dusel. Rev. John J. Canoles, pastor of the Presbyterian church here, officiated. He was assisted by Glenn Puder, Seminary student, who is acting pastor of the Lagunitas Community Church.

Young Isaacs, who was on a hunting trip with three other boys when the accident occurred, was in the detention home here until Wednesday, when he was released to the custody of the Children's Aid of the Associated Charities of San Francisco. He will return here for the inquest into Grimm's death, the date for which has not been set."

[A second article in the same paper]

Fellow Officers Are Pall Bearers

Borne to his grave by his fellow officers, Clarence C. Grimm, fire warden, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery here. Grimm died from a bullet wound suffered in line of duty Sunday when he went to warn Edgar Lee Isaacs, 15, to stop shooting as the bullets were endangering the residents of Woodacre. Before Grimm could reach the boy, the latter shot, the bullet entering the officer's abdomen. He was rushed to the hospital but died the following night. Issacs has stuck to his first story, that the shooting was accidental, that he didi not see Grimm and thought I might be a "wildcat" when he saw the brush moving.

The funeral services were very impressive. They were conducted by Rev. John J. Canoles. The fire wwardens who acted as pall bearers were George Collamore, Lloyd de la Montanya, Hugh Cassidy, Robert Warden, Gus Lanouette. The slain officer is survived by his widow and three (sic) children. She is president of the Lagunitas Parent Teacher Association and the family have been very prominent in the Lagunitas-Woodacre community."

The newly rebuilt Marin County Fire Department Fire Station on Throckmorton Ridge was dedicated in Grimm's memory in 2007. 

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