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Charles Rawls Drennan, Jr

Assistant Chief

Assistant Chief Drennan went to the home of a fire captain to bring the captain to a meeting with the fire chief. Assistant Chief Drennan and the captain had been friends for a number of years. The captain had called Assistant Chief Drennan the night before to discuss personal problems with paranoia and depression and they had agreed to meet the next morning. Shortly after Assistant Chief Drennan arrived at the captain's home, the captain walked into the room armed with a high-caliber pistol. Assistant Chief Drennan and the captain's wife tried to convince the captain to put the weapon down, but the captain fired. Assistant Chief Drennan was hit twice in the chest and was dead upon arrival of law enforcement officials. The captain's wife was able to escape. The captain killed himself prior to the arrival of law enforcement officials. Assistant Chief Drennan's son is a member of the Denver Fire Department. Press accounts cited the tragedies of September 11th as a possible contributor to the captain's recent depression.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Charles Rawls Drennan, Jr was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Denver Fire Department
745 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80204

Chief: Chief RoderickJuniel

Age: 50
Rank: Assistant Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: September 13, 2001 08:50
Date of death: September 13, 2001
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Violence
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: May 24, 2017