San Anselmo Fire Department
Overrun by Wildfire
In Sleepy Hollow, a memorial bench near the Butterfield Road firehouse honors San Anselmo fire Capt. Robert A. "Bert" Meagor, who died nearby while fighting a brush fire in June 1936. The charred body of the 36-year-old was found burned beyond recognition in a ditch a half hour after he vanished in a thick wall of smoke while deploying a hose line. The San Rafael Independent, in an emotional tribute hailing him as a hero, reported he was "the first firefighter in the history of Marin County to become a sacrifice on the altar of duty," (a county fire warden four years earlier and the Sausalito Fire Chief died fighting a stucture fire in 1924). Pallbearers at an epic funeral included San Anselmo Fire Chief Nelo Marcucci and Mayor William D. Fusselman.
Captain Meagor was the great uncle of retired Ross Valley Fire Chief Roger Meagor.