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Savings and loan association executive

Frederick Bjorklund, American savings and loan association executive. Recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American, 1954; Boreas Rex XXXV of St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1971.

Background

Bjorklund, Frederick was born on February 17, 1913 in St. Paul. Son of Edward and Hanna (Bodin) Bjorklund.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Minnesota, 1935.

Career

He died attempting to rescue two girls from a fire in Harlesden. The citation was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 1 February 1946 (dated 5 February 1946), and read:\r\n St. James's Palace, S.W.1. 5th February, 1946. Frederick DAVIES (deceased), Fireman, No.

34 (London) Area, National Fire Service. Premises which consisted of a shop and house of five rooms caught fire. The N.F.S. were informed that two children were in the front room on the second floor.

The escape was immediately slipped and pitched to the middle window of this floor. Before it was in position Davies ran up the escape. At this stage flames were pouring from the windows on the second floor and licking up the front of the building.

Upon Davies reaching the window he at once tried to enter but bursts of flame momentarily halted him. Undaunted, however, he climbed into the window with his back to the flames and entered the room. He was seen to endeavour to remove his tunic presumably to wrap it around and protect the children but his hands were now too badly burned for him to do so.

During this time Davies was moving around the blazing room in an endeavour to locate the children, and after a short period he returned with a child in his arms whom he handed out of the window. He then turned back into the room to find the other child. He was next seen to fling himself out of the window on to the escape, the whole of his clothing being alight.

He was helped to the ground, the flames on his clothes were extinguished and he was conveyed to hospital suffering from severe burns. Later he died from his injuries. The gallantry and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Fireman Davies was of the highest order.

He knew the danger he was facing, but with complete disregard of his own safety he made a most heroic attempt to rescue the two children. In so doing, he lost his life.

Achievements

  • The KING has been graciously pleased to award the GEORGE CROSS to:-.

Membership

Board directors Port Development Association. President Indianhead council Boy Scouts American, 1968-1969. Board directors Charles T. Miller Hospital, 1966-1971, St. Paul Young Men’s Christian Association, 1960-1968, St. Paul Junior Achievement, 1962-1969.

Trustee College of St. Catherine, 1978-1987. Served to Second lieutenant Army of the United States, World World War World War II. Member United States League Savings Associations (director 1965-1967, executive committee 1976-1978), Savings League Minnesota (president 1974), St. Paul Board Realtors (past board directors), St. Paul Home Builders Association (past board directors), Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (president 1965-1967), Savings Council Twin Cities (past president), American Legion.

Clubs: St. Paul Athletic (past director), Town and Country (past president), Minnesota (president 1974) (St. Paul). Lodges: Masons, Shriners, Kiwanis (past president).

Connections

Married Doris Dunlap, August 28, 1937.

father:
Edward Bjorklund

mother:
Hanna (Bodin) Bjorklund

spouse:
Doris Dunlap