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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Conrad Schwalm
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Pipeman
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range [Unknown]
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 2/2/1924
Cause of Death Fall
Nature of Death Trauma
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/2/1924
Incident Location Storage
Incident Attribute Structural collapses , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 2, 1924, Chicago Fire Department Pipeman Conrad Schwalm of Engine 30 died in the line of duty while fighting a fire at John M. Smythe & Company on West Madison Street. Five floors of the six-story warehouse were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene, and Schwalm was operating from a third-story fire escape when the fire escape collapsed. Schwalm fell three stories to the sidewalk below, and was transported to Jefferson Park Hospital, but he died from his injuries.

Citations:

“Foreman Killed in Night Blaze at Smyth Co.’s,” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 3, 1924.


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