Doxol anniversary: Kingman Council notes tragedy with moment of silence

The City Council, members of the Kingman Fire Department and citizens honored the 11 firefighters who lost their lives in the catastrophic Doxol Propane explosion that occurred along the railroad tracks off of Andy Devine Avenue on July 5, 1973. Killed in Kingman were Richard (Lee) Williams, a volunteer firefighter who was the local high school principal at the time and who is the namesake of Lee Williams High School, William Casson, Art Stringer, Alan Hansen, Christopher Sanders, Donald Webb, Jimmy Cox, Joseph Chambers, Roger Hubka, John Campbell and Frank (Butch) Henry. DOUG McMURDO/file

The City Council, members of the Kingman Fire Department and citizens honored the 11 firefighters who lost their lives in the catastrophic Doxol Propane explosion that occurred along the railroad tracks off of Andy Devine Avenue on July 5, 1973. Killed in Kingman were Richard (Lee) Williams, a volunteer firefighter who was the local high school principal at the time and who is the namesake of Lee Williams High School, William Casson, Art Stringer, Alan Hansen, Christopher Sanders, Donald Webb, Jimmy Cox, Joseph Chambers, Roger Hubka, John Campbell and Frank (Butch) Henry. DOUG McMURDO/file

KINGMAN - The City Council held a moment of silence at Tuesday's meeting to honor the 11 Kingman volunteer firefighters who died in the July 5, 1973 Doxol Propane explosion, which is the second worst loss of lives for firefighters in Arizona history, following the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that claimed the lives of 19 Granite Mountain hotshots based in Prescott.

It was fitting, then, that a pinning ceremony was held afterwards.

Some were promoted and some were new hires. They are: battalion chiefs Chris Angermuller and Chris Weaver, captains Tanner Miller and Brandon Medlin, engineers Brian Knarr, Dustin Osborn and Elwood Hurley; and firefighters Daniel Crowe, Alex Pinkstaff, Tim Sloan and Jordan Fuqua; and Sean Osterman, fire prevention specialist.

In one more item of note at a brief meeting, City Manager John Dougherty said 1,000 hotdogs and 400 pounds of watermelon were handed out at Saturday's July 4 weekend block party.

Dougherty thanked a number of people and businesses who went above and beyond to make the city-sponsored event a success. He singled out Erin Cochran as deserving thanks "most of all" for her fundraising efforts to bring a fireworks show back to Kingman after a one year hiatus.