King County honors the heroic sacrifice of firefighter Luther Dean Bonner with a new airport fire station that captures his story

Luther Dean Bonner Memorial Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station

At a ceremony Monday at King County International Airport, the new rescue and fire station was named in honor of a fallen firefighter whose act of bravery has been overlooked for decades.

In 1943, Luther Dean Bonner, a 23-year-old Seattle firefighter, died while attempting to rescue passengers and warehouse workers after a plane crashed into a plant near the airfield. Thirty-two people were killed, making it the largest loss of life from a fire in Seattle’s history, yet Bonner’s sacrifice was never properly recognized.

King County elected officials invited members of his family to the new Luther Dean Bonner Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting Station, which has a large mural that tells the dramatic story of his sacrifice.