|Monday, March 12, 1917
|The Globe (Toronto)
|Page 3, col. 2
Engineer Zeke Firman dies of his injuries
Chas. Gilbert, mail clerk, also hurt in wreck, will recover.
Barrie. March 11.—Late yesterday afternoon Engineer Firman, injured in Friday's fatal collision at Utterson, died in the Barrie Hospital. It appears that he did not have time to jump clear of the engine, but was caught between the cab and tender and was heavily crushed on the left side, though no bones were fractured. When found he was partly covered with coal from the tender. The shock to his nervous system was terrible, and he was almost unconscious when he reached Barrie. However, he rallied considerably, and was able to talk with his family. He was fifty-seven years old, and is survived by his wife, four daughters and three sons. One of these is Pte. Chas Firman, who was wounded in France some months ago, and is supposed to be on his way home. No engineer on this division was more highly regarded by his brother-trainmen and the company than was "Zeke" Firman.
Charles Gilbert, mail clerk, the other injured man, brought to Barrie Hospital, is doing well, and will not be permanently infured.