St. Florian
3rd Century Rome

St. Florian in paper maché

St. Florian was a Roman officer stationed in Noricum in what is now Austria. He is said to have saved a town from burning by throwing a single bucket of water on the fire which was consuming it. He was a closet Christian during the persecution of Diocletian. When ordered to put a group of Christians to death, he refused and revealed his own Christianity. He was martyred.
Florian is the patron of fire fighters, as well as barrel-makers, brewers, chimney sweeps, and soap makers.

Further information on St. Florian can be found in Lives of the Saints or Saints Index on Catholic Forum

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