He was one of 13 Philadelphia firefighters who died in a horrible fire at the Friedlander Remnants factory near 3rd Street and Girard Avenue. It remains the worst loss of life in Philly Fire Department history to this day.
The Philadelphia Press; Sunday, December 25, 1910, Page 7:
"WITTIG – Suddenly, on December 22, 1910, Gustave, husband of Mary Wittig (nee Wrede), aged 52 years. Relatives and friends, also members of Engine Company No. 15, Philadelphia Fire Department Relief Association, Anti-Cobden Republican Club, German-American Republican Club, 19th Ward, Allemania Yearly Beneficial Association, and other societies of which he was a member, are invited to attend the funeral services, on Monday, at 2 P. M., at his late residence, 1761 North Third St. Interment at Northwood Cemetery. Remains may be viewed Sunday, from 8 to 10 P. M."